PC-MAC External HDD compatibility?

  Simsy 06:03 23 Jan 2007
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Folks,

Son is about to get an iMac, (He's doing graphic design at university), and he already has a PC.

If he gets an external HDD, (or a HDD with external enclosure), for backup, will this be useable by both MAC and PC?

I'm thinking in terms of initial formatting of the HDD.


Thanks in anticipation.

Regards,

Simsy

  Taff™ 08:25 23 Jan 2007

click here suggests that it can be used by both OS from ex-factory state. (Assuming Mac OS OS X version 10.2 or higher) Not sure in my own mind if you can store both PC & Mac Formats at the same time. Perhaps two partitions would work though.

  Simsy 08:53 23 Jan 2007

Two partions wouldn't be the solution as the idea is for the same data to be accessible to both MAC and PC...

Anyone else have anything conclusive?

Thanks,

Regards,

Simsy

  Taff™ 09:04 23 Jan 2007

click here A Mac Forum that suggests that if the external HDD is formatted in FAT32 (Not NTFS)it will work on both OS`s.

  Simsy 15:44 23 Jan 2007

Seems promising!

Ta.

Regards,

Simsy

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