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External hard drive for Mac and Windows

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Last response: in Storage
March 14, 2012 8:28:18 PM

I have a Windows desktop (running Win7 64 bit) and a recent MacBook Pro (running OSX 10.7 Lion). I am looking at getting an external hard drive for backup purposes. As I understand it, the two use different file systems which don't interoperate. Is it possible to work around this, perhaps by partitioning the external drive? I don't mind if they can't write to the file system they don't use (although being able to read would be nice) but keeping it all on one physical disc would be great.

Any suggestions welcome!

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a c 80 G Storage
March 14, 2012 8:33:16 PM

Partitioning would work fine to do what you need. There are programs on both os's that will let your access the partition formatted with the opposite os.
a b G Storage
March 14, 2012 10:44:00 PM

format entire drive in fat32, works with both windows and osx