WD My Book Essential Mac Compatible?

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  1. JosephDuffy macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I'm looking at a WD My Book Essential to backup my Mac and PC. I'll connect my Mac via USB 2, and PC via USB 3 (When I get a cheap PCI card).
    It states on the website it's NTFS Formatted, so would need to be re-formatted to work on Mac.
    However, I have Paragon NTFS installed on my Mac, which I believe is a driver for NTFS Drives.
    So now my question is; Will I be able to use Time Machine to backup my Mac, and use the HDD to backup my PC? I'd also like to store a couple of misc. files on there, the odd movie etc, so can I make 2 or 3 partitions, so they don't "overlap".
    I don't know how specific this will be to this HDD, so sorry if I'm too vague :)
    Thanks,
    Joseph Duffy
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You would have to make a separate partition formatted to HFS+ for Time Machine, but it should work fine for what you want.
     
  3. vnle macrumors 6502

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    You could do FAT32 if you want to see the files on both mac and windows.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That won't work for Time Machine and FAT32 has a 4GB file size limitation that may be a problem.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • exFAT partitions created with OS X 10.6.5 are inaccessible from Windows 7
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
     
  5. JosephDuffy thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, if I use Mac to partition the drive, lets say 50:50.
    I make the first half HFS+ (Mac OS Extended), and allocate that to Time Machine.
    For the second half I make it NTFS. I can access this on Windows and Mac (After installing a driver), and I store music/movies on there, along with a backup of Windows using the supplied software.
    Overall, that should work, right? :)
    Thanks for the in-depth explanation, GGJstudios, helped a lot.
    Thanks,
    Joseph Duffy
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, that will work well.
     
  7. JosephDuffy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the help guys ^_^
    Once I get rid of my now-tiny 500GB Time Capsule, I'll be getting a new 2TB wonder :D
     

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