Portable External, both OS?

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  1. stewartlittle macrumors regular

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    Hi everyone, quick question. If I were to get an portable external hard drive, that is formated for mac (wd passport studio) if i want it to work under bootcamp xp, do i need to format it. Am i able to use the same drive to transfer files from on side of the partition to the other. Thanks
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Work as in save files to it or boot from it? I dont think you can boot from it, but if you format it Fat32 you will be able to save files from both OS X and XP.
     
  3. stewartlittle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Basically I just want to be able to transfer files from one OS to the other. So like transfer a JPEG. I will also be backing up files from both sides.
     
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    Then just format it as Fat32. As far as backup, you can do that, but you wont be able to use time machine with it formatted like that.
     
  5. stewartlittle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does time machine backup everything from both sides of the partition?
     
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    So it might make sense to get two externals, one formated to store files from both, and one for time machine.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    That might be best - I have a 500GB dedicated to TM, and several little external HDs for files.
     
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