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Old 12-28-2004, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default External Hard Disk: Windows + Mac Use

I am thinking of purchasing an external HDD (or an enclosure plus IDE HDD, which many of you appear to recommend).

The drive would mainly be used to backup and store data. However, I use an ibook running Mac OS X while my better half runs an intel notebook running Win XP.

Is it possible to necessary or possible to partition the HDD so that we can both use it to store our respective data?

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Old 12-28-2004, 06:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Windows and OSX both can read and write to FAT32 partitions. When formatting the disk, you might need to use a 3rd party program like partition magic due to Windows being unable to format partitions above 32GB.

Just keep in mind the size of your partitions on that drive. Under OSX, you can't read partitions over 127GB in size.

For any other questions, take a peek at this article. It has some interesting solutions to what you're looking to accomplish.


Its a frigging Laptop, not a Labtop!!!!
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