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Seagate Free Agent 500GB

How to I format a Seagate Free Agent so I can backup my documents on Window and move them to my iMacG5? In other words, be able to use both Windows and Mac.

I first backed up my windows. It work great. When I plugged to the iMac, it erased the Window data. It backup the Apple documents but now it will not work with Windows.

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  • Kazuri May 26, 2008

    I have a virtual PC inside iMac - would like to use the external hard drive to store files from both - is this possible or do I have to choose one or the other?

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Actually, the utility that the above commenter states would make you a fortune is called Disk Management and it is built into both Vista and Windows already. You are able to partition a hard drive to have both ntfs and fat32 partitions. There is also another freeware called swissknife. Also, there is an old hp program that is able to format external hard drives larger than 40gb into fat32 format which is an issue for some. So yes it is possible. I can tell you that from experience. I own a 1tb Iomega that I have a 40gb Fat32 partition for my Playstation 3 to read and the rest is NTFS for file transfer speed with my computer.

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You can format as FAT32, but I think the max file size that can be saved to a FAT32 disk is 4GB or so (no good for movies). Alternatively, maybe you could set up two partitions on the drive and have one fomatted for windows (NTFS I think) and one for Mac??? Not sure about the last idea, though.

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Well...if you do find such a utility, grab it and you'll make a fortune..the mac/pc file structures are so different, the only way that anyones figured out how to do this is Adobe, with pdf.

it's unusual to have a single back up serve two masters.

there are options for backing up, of course, but they are still o/s specific. check this link out

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