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External hard drive / time machine issues


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Hey, I have a dual booted (bootcamp) Mac book pro. I also have a TB external hard drive that has files and programs from both windows and mac sides on it. I was hoping to use this hd to do a time machine backup on but wasn't sure what it would do to the files already on it and if I would still be able to save files on the pc side to it. Anyone know?
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In order to use any drive with Time Machine it must be formatted to the Mac HFS + file system. What you can do is partition the drive. Reserve one partition for Windows using FAT-32 which is compatible with OS X for read and write as well as Windows. The other partition should be formatted to HFS + and reserved for Time Machine.

Use Disk Utility to do the partitioning and formatting.

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