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WD My Book Studio II simultaneously on both Mac and PC?

by zenhog / January 23, 2012 9:50 AM PST

I am switching from a PC (XP Pro SP3) to an iMac. I bought a WD My Book studio II (2tb) drive and haven't configured it yet. Can I set it up as an intermediary storage to help transfer files from my PC? I'd move my PC files onto it, plug it into the iMac, and pull the files onto the internal iMac drive.

Will this idea work? If so - Anything special in the setup I need to do?


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2012 11:30 AM PST

The moment I read the word "move" I had Deja Vu. All those posts in the Storage forum pleading for "Help me get my files back."

Please copy the files, then if the hard drive fails during the copy you don't lose your files.

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Do not format the drive before you use it.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 23, 2012 9:42 PM PST

It comes formatted as FAT32 which is good for both the Mac and the PC.

COPY (heed Bob's warning) the files from the PC onto the WD.
On completion, disconnect the WD.
Connect to the iMac and COPY the files onto the iMac.

Once you are happy that you have everything on the iMac, you can go ahead and format the WD as OS X Extended(Journaled) and use it for your Time Machine backup.


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RE: WD My Book Studio II simultaneously on both Mac and PC?
by OldCelticHippy / February 11, 2012 4:18 AM PST

Contrary to ZenHog's statement that the WD MyBook Studio II comes pre formatted as FAT32, It actually comes pre formatted as HFS+

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(NT) RE: WD My Book Studio II simultaneously on both Mac and PC?
by OldCelticHippy / February 11, 2012 4:24 AM PST
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Quite right!
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 11, 2012 9:05 AM PST

It even has firewire 400.

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