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    Prepping and formatting a new HDD (Vista Ultimate)

    I have a client who is using a MAC (G5/Leopard) and wants an external hard drive. I've purchased a Vantec NexStar II eSata/USB 2.0 enclosure and a WD 500 gig HDD. The plan is to initialize and format the drive (Fat32) for backup purposes and to partition it into 2 partitions. What I'm wanting to know is if I can do this with either Partition Magic 8.x or Paragon Partition Manager 8.5 on my Vista system? Is FAT32 generic or does a MAC have something specific that would require these processes to be performed on its own machine? I'm also assuming that NTFS would not be compatible for the MAC?
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    Re: Prepping and formatting a new HDD (Vista Ultimate)

    >Is FAT32 generic.....
    Depends what you mean by generic. My personal experience is that there are two flavours: the M$ flavour - which limits FAT32 partitions to no more than 32GB & the MAC|Paragon flavour which does not have such a limit.

    >I'm also assuming that NTFS would not be compatible for the MAC?
    This appears to be no longer a problem: there is a paid solution from Paragon (& perhaps others) - as well as command line based freeware.

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    Re: Prepping and formatting a new HDD (Vista Ultimate)

    Well, I do have Paragon Partition Manager 8.5 which should be able to format the drive in FAT32 and thus circumvent the 32GB restriction AND be fully compatible for the OSX 10.5. The drive in question is going to be used for backup (Leopard's new native Backup utility) as well as simply copying over folders and files from the MAC to that drive. My only concern is the inability/restrictions of the native partitioning utility of OSX to create partitions of the user's choice and to not have the 32 GB limitation. Thus my desire to do the formatting on my Vista machine with Paragon PM 8.5.

    Would you agree that this plan would work without issues? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Prepping and formatting a new HDD (Vista Ultimate)

    FWIW the native OS_X partitioning utility can accomplish just what are are planning to use Paragon for. For some reason, it refers to FAT32 as pain "FAT", but, from experience, it delivers what you & I would normally call FAT32.

    Just like Vista's Backup Utility requires NTFS, so does the Leopard Time Machine require the OS_X native format to deliver the kind of granular recovery required. FAT32 just wouldn't cut it - which is presumably why you are splitting your 467Gb Western Digital HDD into 2 partitions?

    As you may have noticed, the default for Time Machine is for it to backup everything - which could fill up an HDD fairly quickly. You may want to fine tune the recovery options- depending on your client's planned usage.

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    Re: Prepping and formatting a new HDD (Vista Ultimate)

    I'm splitting the 500 gig (unformatted size) into 2 partitions; 300 gigs for Time Machine backups and 140 +/- for backing up individual files/folders manually.

    Vista's Complete PC backup utility at least compresses the system backup files and overwrites previous ones. Whether or not Time Machine does something similar is something I am not knowledgeable of at this time.

    So, it would seem you are recommending using the native Leopard partitioning utility as will be 100% compatible with what is required.

    Thanks!
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