Hi, I have a 750GB Hybriddrive which I would like to use to back up both my windows xp system and mac osx systems. I don't need or want to use the included software - I will use the mac osx timemachine for example. Is there any problem backing up two different os'es in this way?
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Your only recourse is to reinstate a backup if you have one, or repartition and reformat the drive. May I suggest you obtain RESTORE IT software, saves a million heartbreaks over lost data and pics of value!
A disk may be formatted using different file systems. The ones used by Windows PCs are FAT32 (an extension of the old MS-DOS FAT) and the newer NTFS.
If the drive is formatted as FAT32, the maximum file size is 4.294 million bytes (some systems report this as 4.294 GB; it is actually 4 GB minus one byte).
If this is the case (Start -> Run Command -> DISKMGMT.MSC and look for your external drive, it will say something like 489 GB NTFS or 489 GB FAT32), my suggestion is to back it up somewhere else and reformat it as NTFS. There also are utilities to convert FAT32 into NTFS, but if anything goes wrong during the conversion, you can say goodbye to all your data.
Note that you won't be able to access a NTFS formatted external drive except from Windows PCs (and most Linux, usually read only), while FAT32 disks are readable from Mac OS X too.
or go to the Acomdata web site, download in Adobe http://acomdata.com/hdp/fs.htmlManuels des utilisateurs – Français HybridDrive (PS-HDxxxUHE5-72) (PDF: 3.2 MB) PushButton (Sauvegarde à bouton-poussoir) (PDF: 1.2 MB)