Sharing External Hdd


yellow

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It depends on what/how you want to back up..

First off, OS X cannot write to NTFS, so if it's formatted NTFS (which it probably is), you'll have to either reformat it FAT32 (and deal with it's limitations) or crate a separate partiotion for OS X to use, or reformat it HFS+ and buy MacDrive for the XP box.

If you want to clone your Mac to the external, then it HAS to be formatted HFS+ for it to be bootable (and therefore useful). Which gets you into option 2 and 3.

As far as having both the computer plugged into it at one time.. I don't think you can do that.
 

Razorhog

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I'm pretty sure it is FAT32. On the western digital website it says "Preformatted for Windows. Simple Mac formatting instructions included."
 

yellow

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To me that means it's probably formatted NTFS and they include instructions on how to format it to HFS+ with a Mac. Just check it by getting it's properties in XP.
 

Razorhog

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I checked the properties and it is fat32. Does that mean I can hook it up to a Mac and read/write files from it, as long as they aren't over 4gb?