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    Jun 20, 2008
    alternative to Time Machine with an NTFS external drive
    Hi! I've installed Macfuse and NTFS-3g and they work just fine. But now I need help in finding a solution to backup my files.

    On my Windows laptop I used to use the software (Maxtor Manager) bundled with my external hard drive (Maxtor OneTouch 4 500gb), this app is also available for Mac but the first step in installing it is to format my hard drive to HFS, I don't want to do that. Time machine also doesn't recognize NTFS formatted drives.

    So my question is: are there any (free) alternatives to backup my macbook? (I don't want to manually drag and drop files to the hard drive once in a while to backup my files because the process will simply replace

    OR: I could format my drive to HFS but how can I make my Windows XP laptop use the drive (for free)?
    Aluminium Macbook (Leopard + XP), Dell Laptop (XP), Asus R2H tablet (XP), HP Pavillon desktop (Vista ).

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    I found the best solution to backing up two different systems (Mac and PC) is to purchase and use two external drives. I have one external formatted to HFS+ which I use with "Carbon Copy Cloner" to image my Macintosh internal HDD and another external formatted to FAT-32 that I use for Windows XP.

    With todays large inexpensive external hard drives that are available, there really is no reason to put your data at risk.

    Of course you could always partition your external hard drive to accommodate both systems. One partition for HFS+ to use with Time Machine, the other formatted to FAT-32 or NTFS to use for Windows. Just make sure the drive is large enough to serve as a backup device for both.


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    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    You could use RsyncX, quite basic but will do back-ups and updates

    RsyncX 2.1 software download - Mac OS X - VersionTracker
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