Question about LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Drive
Please submit any recommendations you have on how to format an external hard drive.
I am triple booting Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.4, and Fedora Linux for my engineering, general notetaking and computer use, and computer science needs respectively. Windows and Linux are used primarily for classwork; all my personal data is on the mac partition. The drive is a LaCie d2 Quadra 750GB, with Firewire 400, 800, eSata, and USB ports. The computer is an early 2007 Macbook Pro with a 120GB drive formatted into EXT3, NTFS, and HFS+. I'm connecting with FW800.
I'd like to have a partition (150-25GB) dedicated to media and large files I don't need on my notebook drive. I'd also like 120GB partition to back up my girlfriend's MB (because she doesn't have a drive).
What should the remaining space be partitioned as? I'd like a better solution than my current setup-exchange between partitions is severely limited. Is there a program available with which I can simply mirror the entire drive (including partitions) over to the new one? If so, how should this space be formatted? I don't want to create a massive FAT32 partition but I'd like to be able to interchange files. Is there a way to do this?
I'm comfortable running a command line, and have done some research to no avail. If it's not possible, tell me what's the best compromise that's worked for you. Thanks!
I agree with Ekse here, Norton Ghost will only Reset your O.S
FAT32 Is Compatible with all 3 O.S !!.NOTHING ELSE.!!
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
Norton Ghost and Acronis True Image are standards in the commercial sector. A friendly tip here: using your computer for multiboot, multi-purpose and multi-user is asking for trouble. Steve here is a link for imaging software as you will need that I guarantee you. Good luck and reconsider what you are doing. Steve Medley
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
Fat 32 is the only system that would work on all 3 os's direcly.
You could use NTFS if you only write those big files on windows, you could read it on both linux and mac.
NTFS 250 (or ext2)
If you need to use the last partition on of the operating systems the fat 32 would work here, but as you know the problem with that. Looking at the wikipedia page ext2 would also work.
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
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Thanks for your email. The Western Digital WD Passport comes formatted for a PC, so it does require that you format the drive so that the Mac can recognize it. First, open Disk Utility with the drive connected and running. Then, choose the drive on the left side, then choose the Partition Tab. Change the Current Partition to one, or the number of partitions you would like, then click Options. Here you will change the Partition Map Scheme to GUID, then click OK. Then in the Format Menu drop down choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled), then click Apply and OK. Your drive will now be formatted for a Mac. To format the drive for cross-platform use, make sure that you have backed up all your data from the drive as formatting will destroy any data on the drive. First, connect the drive to your Mac, and open Disk Utility. Then select your drive on the left side of the window and choose the Partition Tab. Then change the Current Partition drop-down menu to 1 partition and click on the Options button. A new window will appear where you will choose Master Boot Record (MBR), then click OK. Then choose Free Space from the Format drop-down menu, click Apply, then OK. Your drive will now appear unformatted. Then choose the Erase tab, choose FAT32 as the Format, name your drive (you will be limited to 11 characters), and click Erase, then OK. Your drive will then appear on the desktop formatted for cross-platform use, and you can copy the data you need to move to your PC and then connect the drive to your PC. If formatting is not an option, the you can buy a program such as MacDrive that will allow your PC to read and write Mac OS files.
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