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Hi guys i need help on this topic. i use windows to produce dance music, so i will need large space. but i DJ with a mac, so i will need that same drive to be taken with me (thus i need somewhat portable drive). it has to be reliable i cannot have the music corrupted or anything and it has to be usb 3. what i found was this one

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042KFLJE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

for 2tb at 127$ this seems like a legit deal. what do you guys think? is there anything better and how would i go about making one section for windows another for mac ?
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post #2 of 10
you could get something like a 1-3TB HDD and put it in a cheap external enclosure
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i dont mind spending up to 115-120 ish as long as its excellent build, reliable, and best of all works for both pc and mac
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I agree with buying an internal HD and separate enclosure this way you don´t have to send off all your data if just the enclosure fails.
Any drive will work alright , you just have to format it as fat32. You´ll probably need a 3rd party program as well,I used fat32format , worked fine.on a friends drive who regularly swaps between Mac and Windows,. NTFS just kept corrupting the drive

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/FAT32format.shtml.
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okay then. any recommendations or links to reliable 2 TB storage drives? and i dont seem to find any good looking enclosures on google, anyone know of a site to make a nice sleek enclosure? i know aesthetics in something like this does not matter but in my set up it does thats why im asking. thanks for all the help so far !
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post #6 of 10
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because a 2tb drive from WD who i like is 97$
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62047&vpn=WD20EARX&manufacture=WESTERN%20DIGITAL%20-%20RETAIL%20DRIVES&promoid=1209

then a cheap 15$ enclosure is almost as much as the 2tb lacie i posted in the op and i wont have to assemble anything and amazons return policy is great + no tax or shipping
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You can use pretty much any drive, but you need to be aware that the filesystem it is formatted with will determine how compatible it is between OS's.

FAT32 is great, except that filesizes are limited to 4GB and you probably can't format the whole drive into one partition. That said, works perfect for Windows/OSX/Linux.

exFAT and NTFS are also options, but OSX has spotty NTFS support. exFAT seems to be the best option. Any external can be reformatted to exFAT under Windows.
     
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get a western digital my book 2tb usb 3.0 external drive they can be had for around $120 and just format it to exfat in windows.
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by ELEKTRIK_BLUE View Post

get a western digital my book 2tb usb 3.0 external drive they can be had for around $120 and just format it to exfat in windows.

those desktop backup drives are huge to carry around. right now im using the WD passport and its so portable i love it. i just cant find something like that for 2tb size under 120$ that looks good

this might work its less than a pound
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Passport-Portable-WDBKKF0020BSL-NESN/dp/B008R7EXJW/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1353369499&sr=1-4&keywords=portable+hard+drive+2+tb

it says for mac but in exFat it works in windows too right ? will time capsule do back ups in that format ?
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it says for mac but in exFat it works in windows too right ? will time capsule do back ups in that format ?
Both operating systems should be able to access it.

That said, I'd be surprised if Windows understood the time capsule file format. (Whatever it is) Understanding the filesystem is one thing - understanding the files themselves is quite another. wink.gif
     
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