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March 27th, 2007

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02:46 pm - Ah, technology ...
So, after (still) failing to view XviD videos on rwrylsin's Mac, our next episode involves an external USB hard drive. We want to have one partition formatted Mac-style, and one formatted for Windows, so we can each back up our files. Unfortunately, neither system seems to be able to recognise the partitions set up by the other, and attempting to create partitions on either system destroys any existing partitions that were present. Argh !

(note that neither of us is trying to boot from the drive, which would force it to only contain one paritition (at least for Windows, possibly also Mac) - we just want it to appear on each computer as a standard external USB drive, and copy stuff to/from it)
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Date:March 27th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Why partition: I use a standard 120G Iomega USB2 hard drive with a single partition. I back up a lot of difficult to replace files and also use it to transfer things with me to my mothers. She uses a 5 year old Emac running MacOS X.4. I use a PC running windows XP. We have no problems at either end. It is formatted as FAT 32. I hope that this helps.
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Date:March 28th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
USB seems to have a dodginess seldom achieved since the (for most of us) passing of the modem. Your comments only help to maintain my resolve to avoid USB whenever and wherever possible.

FWIW, I back up everything to a linux box over TCP/IP, and run samba on it so that the Windows machines can happily pretend they are backing up to a Windows server.
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Date:April 2nd, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Mac OS X does not really support NTFS. There may be some form of NTFS support available through the MacFUSE project, though. Otherwise, a FAT32 partition should be accessible from both sides.

Here are some links to info about the GUID-based partition map.
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Date:April 2nd, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Date:April 13th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
To play XviD on Mac, unless you have a really old OS X version, either the Perian driver pack for Quicktime, or VLC should work, in theory. Of course, you may already have tried them and discovered a problem with the theory.

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