Hello I have a windows laptop and have just bought and iMac desktop. I am going to buy this item to back up my windows machine and thought I would need another (separate) drive for the Mac. However I see from the reviews that at least one person uses this model for his Macbook (why then is a separate Mac version sold?) Could and if so, should, this item be partitioned to store programs or files under windows and Mac OS separately? Thanks
I'm just going through exactly the same issue myself. The advice my computer geeks have given is that Macs and PCs can share data on the drive, provided the drive is formatted by the PC first as FAT32 and then divided into two partitions, one for PC, one for the Mac. Put at least one file from the PC into the PC's partition before connecting the drive to the Mac. Later versions of Windows use a different disc format which requires additional software on the Mac to allow the sharing. The old FAT32 format has a max file size limit of about 4Gb and won't address >512Gb partitions but that shouldn't be an issue for most of us. The 'Mac versions' of these portable drives are the same physical devices but come pre-loaded with Mac friendly back-up and file management facilities, most of which are nice to have but not essential.