Question about Portable Hard Drives, perhaps silly ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by -Noodles, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. -Noodles macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2007
    I have a 60GB western digital portable hard drive ( that I've used for a while to back up drawing files among other things. Now that I'm switching over to apple, awaiting my new mac pro, I'm wondering if I can plug this in to my gf's new iMac and backup the files there too. I don't like having 30Gigs siting in one spot alone. My concern is whether plugging it into the iMac will do anything to the drive, corrupt files etc. I just want them backed up to a second spot while I wait for my new mac pro to arrive. I don't need to use any of them obviously, I just want a fail-safe. Will this do anything to the drive or files? Will I have any problems plugging it back into a pc to move files back to it?

    These concerns may be a bit dated - perhaps this is no longer an issue but when you only have one copy of you're life you get a bit paranoid about losing it :p
  2. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    Should work fine, says Windoz and Mac OS X. If your transfering files from a Mac to a Mac, would suggest you format the external HD to Mac, journeying etc.
  3. CP1091 macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2007
    I've done this with a external HDD between Windows and Macs before and it has worked fine as long as the files are the correct formats.

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