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External HD with VISTS and XP

by Ahhh_there_u_r / December 15, 2008 8:20 AM PST

hello everyone, i am not sure this is the right forum, but i will give it a shot, i am going to purchase a EXT HD this week end,i have a XP desktop and a VISTA laptop, both formatted in NTFS, i will formatt the EXT HD NTFS also, here is my questions

1. which machine should i do the NTFS format on, or does it matter
2. if i plug in the EXT HD into the XP machine and backup files to it
and then unplug it and plug it into the laptop and back up files from the laptop , will all the files from both machine be there , or do i have to make seperate folders for each machinie to back up to ??

thanks in advance for your help

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