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Old 12-27-2005, 03:49 PM   #1
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Let's say I have an external harddrive (Maxtor One Touch II 250 GB USB/firewire). I also have a Windows Desktop and an Apple Laptop. Will I have to reformat the harddrive to use between the two OS's?
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Old 12-27-2005, 03:53 PM   #2
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I do think so. That's why I'd create two partitions
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Old 12-27-2005, 03:54 PM   #3
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Forgive my novice knowledge on the subject, but what are partitions?
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Partitions is when you have multiple "hard drives" in one hard drive. Partitioning helps if you constantly swap, so you could use it without having a headache. If you partition, take 125GB from one and 125GB from the other. There is nothing to be ashamed of. You learn the stuff
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Default Re: External Harddrive Reformatting

Just partition the external HDD to two partitions and that way you can use the extetnal HDD on both PCs.
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Old 12-27-2005, 04:03 PM   #6
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How do you partition, and what exactly does it do?
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Old 12-27-2005, 08:22 PM   #7
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Bump, please... I need assistance in this matter :P
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Old 12-27-2005, 09:50 PM   #8
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For Windows:

http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives.htm

For MAC OS X

http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage...oning_osx.html

I you use MAC 10.1 or later,:

http://kb.iu.edu/data/ajxz.html
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Old 12-27-2005, 09:52 PM   #9
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Gah... which kind of partition am I looking for?
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NTFS for Windows, but in MAC, I don't know. The last mac I've used was in Grade 4 and the MAC OS was to be lower than OS X
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