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    Jan 25, 2010
    External drive for Mac and PC
    Hi there

    I have a Macbook pro with OS X and my partner has a PC laptop with XP operating system. I'd like to get an external drive so that we can both use the same drive and back up our files - rather than having 2 drives. Is this possible?

    Thanks in advance for any advice


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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Yes it's possible, but will require that the new external drive be partitioned or divided in two. The Mac will backup only to an HFS Extended formatted drive (using Time Machine or cloning software) while the Windows machine will work best backing up to a drive formatted to NTFS.

    My recommendation is to purchase two drives. One for your Mac, the other for Windows. Easier to sort out and less likely to run into problems.


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