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    External HD for Mac and PC (partition)

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    External HD for Mac and PC (partition)
    I found this LaCie External HD that comes with software that lets you partition it for use with Mac and windows at the same time.

    Amazon.com: LaCie Starck 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 301888KUA: Electronics

    LaCie hard drives stand in Starck contrast to the competition (hands-on)

    I was curious if there were any other HD's out there that could do this. Or was there a software that one could buy to add this to any external HD.

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    External HD for Mac and PC (partition)
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    You can use any external HD with Windows and Mac. It all depends on how you format and partition them. You do not need their software to do that.

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    External HD for Mac and PC (partition)

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    Oh, so i don't need any additional software to see both partitions from my mac and windows machines?

    Which External HD do you recommend?

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    External HD for Mac and PC (partition)

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    Would this one work
    Amazon.com: LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk 1 TB eSATA/FireWire 800/FireWire 400/USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 301442U (Aluminum): Electronics

    It has Esata and Firewire800. (My acer has esata) Would i be able to plug my mac and my PC into this at the same time? I imagine I'd leave my PC desktop plugged in 24/7 and my Mac would get plugged in when i want to back up with Time Machine or transfer photos.

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    External HD for Mac and PC (partition)
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    You can see FAT partitions from Windows and the Mac. You cannot see Mac formatted partitions from Windows. There might be software to do that, but I have never tried. You can see NTFS partitions from both, but you need some kind of software on the Mac. I use Paragon NTFS. I would recommend using NTFS and something like Paragon NTFS if you are doing a lot of going back and forth. There are limitations with FAT. I would not recommend plugging both in at the same time. I have never done that either. I am sure someone will chime in if they have.

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    External HD for Mac and PC (partition)

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    I do 50% graphical presentation work using the Adobe software (which is better on Mac), and 50% CAD/3d rendering software that only works on Windows.

    So, i'd used the volume 50/50 for work stuff. I produce back grounds and PDF's from the windows side that I make finish presentations with using Illustrator or Photoshop. I wouldn't really need to write to the windows side.

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    External HD for Mac and PC (partition)

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    External HD not reconised on PS3
    I just bought a new slim PS3 and wanted to watch some videos I have on my external HD but for some reason the PS3 doesnt recognise the HD. I can see it on my mac just fine but it wont show on my PS3 (or PC's for that matter). Any suggestions. Its a 120gd maxtor one touch HD.

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