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    Need help with a backup strategy

    Hi guys & gals,

    I don't back up nearly as often as I'd like or should and it's high time I got a plan together. I am planning to get an external drive (or a regular drive to put in an enclosure). This normally wouldn't be an issue but I have files on both a Mac and a PC that would need to be backed up. I am aware that Windows XP and Mac use different file formats to store data, so I need something that would be compatible with both that would be the most cost effective.

    Any suggestions?


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    Senior Member bigears's Avatar
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    Feb 2005
    Central Illinois

    Re: Need help with a backup strategy

    Hi Rob, I think most external drives come formatted with the FAT32 system, which both Mac and Windows can access. I think the tricky part is going to be whether you want to physically connect both the computers to the drive, or use some sort of file sharing over a network. Your OS for both computers will also have some impact on how you set things up. I would google something like "how do I share an external drive with a Mac and a PC?" to start getting some info. DpDan uses both Mac and PC, maybe he could help you with this. Good luck, John

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    Jun 2000
    Chandler, Arizona

    Re: Need help with a backup strategy

    I use a USB external device that you just plug a standard SATA drive into the top of it. The device costs $29 with rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153066

    I have multiple drives that I plug into for backing up a few computers I have. I'd recommend getting a separate backup drive for each computer so you can use NTFS for the Windows computer. Drives are pretty cheap these days!


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    Re: Need help with a backup strategy

    Jim, Thanks so much for the heads up on the docking station. Didn't know they were so cheap. I use SuperDuper as backup software on my Mac. It's so easy to make scheduled backups. I also keep copies of my most important files away from our home at a good friends. This way if there's a fire or some other disaster, I'll still have some kind of life.


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