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External HD MAC and PC Format

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  1. DrRonski

    DrRonski Thread Starter

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    I'd like to set up an external HD, 3 TB, with USB 3.0 to back up both a PC and MAC.

    I'd like to use the MAC's Time Machine and a PC backup utility.

    Since Time Machine requires MAC format and the PC uses NTFS can I partition the HD into 2 partitions with the different formats and still plug-and-play each machine?

    If so, what software would you use to do the formating?
     
  2. ETech7

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    You can repartition it and then format one in Windows and another in OS X.
     
  3. Simba7

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    You could use ExFAT.

    ..or have 2 separate partitions and format one in HFS+ and the other with NTFS.
     
  4. DrRonski

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    Thanks for the tip on ExFAT, I didn't know about it before. Lots of good reading available out there.

    I think I'l try to keep it simple and partition this Seagate Backup Plus into 2 partitions, both NTFS from the factory, then mount the drive on the MAC and see if it finds each partition, point Time Machine at the one I want to put the MAC data on and let it reformat that one to HFS+.

    Does that sound like it will work?

    I"d really like to read/write between the 2 machines but my XP PC doesn't seem to want to format an internal spare IDE HD partition to ExFAT. Perhaps I'm missing that secret Windows Update...
     
  5. Simba7

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    You'll need this update: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=19364
     
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