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Help! Formatting 1tb external to use for Leopard and Vista

by KMazor / June 30, 2008 2:46 AM PDT

Im planning on buying a 1tb external to use between my vista system and my iMac running leopard 10.5.3. I will be using lots of file storage for the drive as well as doing video editing on my mac. So i will going between the two systems often. I plan on getting a drive with multi functionality so i can use eSata with my pc and firewire 400 on my imac. What is the best way to format drive for full use and or compatibility on both os. Any suggestions?

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Just a question.
by Kees Bakker / June 30, 2008 2:48 AM PDT

Where's your 1 Tb backup?


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About to buy
by KMazor / June 30, 2008 3:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a question.

I've decided and ordered the Seagate FreeAgent Pro, which has usb2, esata, and firewire 400. Why do you ask, the type of drive shouldn't make a difference with how its formatted.

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Why I did ask.
by Kees Bakker / June 30, 2008 7:55 AM PDT
In reply to: About to buy

We see far too many people here putting things on an external hard disk and losing all (or having to pay for recovery) when it breaks down, because they forget making a backup and trust the drive will live forever. Which it doesn't.

So, if you've got 1 Tb of data, it makes sense to have another 1 Tb somewhere for your backup. That's 40 BlueRay DVD's or a professional tape drive with tapes or a second hard disk.


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Remember there is no perfect answer here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 6:21 AM PDT

The best I've seen is to use NTFS so the PC can deal with it and add MACFUSE on the Apple so it can too.

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by KMazor / June 30, 2008 7:25 AM PDT

so macfuse will make my ntfs formatted drive work with full compatibility on my mac?

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I think I noted it wasn't perfection.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 9:27 AM PDT
In reply to: MACFUSE?

But did you look at it? Better yet, did you try?

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Can't yet
by KMazor / June 30, 2008 12:48 PM PDT

well i can't try anything yet because i am yet to receive the hard drive

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(NT) At least look at it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 1:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Can't yet
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