[UPDATE]Which external hard drive for mac and windows?

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  1. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

    pukifloyd

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    Hello everyone
    I need an external hard drive that can be used to back up both windows and mac. I searched and read a lot of threads on MR but couldn't find what I want as I need it urgently and don't have time to search more :eek:


    I need a minimum 1TB external hdd with usb 2 (no firewire on windows laptop :( ) and firewire.
    I heard that mac formatted hdd's cant work with windows (read and write both) so what should i do? Can I connect it to my modem+router for wireless backups(it doesnt have a usb port)? I would prefer wired backups but dont know if that's possible.

    And which brand is the best/most reliable/has best customer support? WD, Seagate, LaCie, or some other? Warranty is also important!

    Also, can I buy it from newegg? anyone has experience with them? I liked their prices...but have never used them before...

    Sorry for asking so many questions:eek:

    EDIT: forgot to mention my budget...it should be around $120-$130...maximum $150 :)
     
  2. hajime macrumors 68030

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    I got the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2T. So far so good. Please check their website for detailed specs.
     
  3. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    hi :)

    purchase ANY hard drive that you want, and format it as FAT32 - this format is compatible between both Mac and PCs. the only bad point about FAT32 is that you cannot store files larger then 4GB on it, if you have a movie that is larger then 4GB, it wont go onto the drive.

    a solution is to format your ext drive as NTFS (windows format) then install NTFS-3G, which allows your mac to read/write windows partitions.

    if you want to perform Time Machine backups - the drive HAS to be HFS+ (the mac standard) - it is possible with NTFS drives but i believe that requires some mofidications.
     
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    Is NTFS-3G a freeware program?
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    sure is!

    NTFS-3g

    MacFuse - a little bit more glorified, but serves the same purpose.
     
  7. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the links!

    What do you find to me more stable of the two?
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    no problems

    i have both MacFuse on my MBP (installed for about 2 years) and MacFuse installed on my 2009 i7 iMac.

    basically they are identical programs, from what i understand! just have different names.

    for some reason, MacFuse is unable to correctly work with WinClone (a Mac tool for cloning FAT32/NTFS drives) - on my MBP the same drive will work fine..

    i would suggest MacFuse as it comes with a simple installer.
     
  9. Giuly macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    BS. WD 2TB USB 2.0 drive and it costs less than your stock hard drive.
    Also, FW400 isn't faster than USB 2.0 anyways. And NewEgg has exactly one FW800 enclosure, for 2.5".

    I like the idea of the Seagate GoFlex, too. It has an exchangable stand, where the included stand is USB 2.0, but you can buy a USB2.0/FW800-stand for $40. When USB3.0 comes out, there is even an USB 3.0 kit with PCIe-card for PCs (Without the card, the stand is also $40).
     
  10. pcb355 macrumors newbie

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    FW400 is faster than USB 2.0, in real world testing on Mac systems. USB maxes out at about 35MB/s, and FireWire at about 45MB/s.
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    sometimes that gap is even wider, depending on a whole bunch of things! USB just feels so jerky and inconsistent - i always opt for firewire.
     
  12. pukifloyd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone...I'll go to best buy today or order it online...thanks a lot again! :)
     
  13. pukifloyd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hello again :rolleyes:

    I got the external hard drive (western digital 1 TB) but I now need some more help. I was thinking about connecting my drive and my printer to my router, but it doesn't have any USB ports. Its an Actiontec Router that I got last year. Is there anything to convert an ethernet port to a USB port? If there is, can i connect a USB hub to that port and connect my printer and hard drive?

    Thanks :)
     
  14. 007bond macrumors 6502a

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    Im not sure there is anything for the hard drive, but for the printer you can buy a print server. they are a bit expensive though
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    that might be a tough one to achieve. there are these:
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    but i doubt that they would successfully work. worth a try, they would only cost a few $$.
     

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