I tried following:
1. Connect to OS X and made 3 partitions, put some data on it and was
able to boot from it on the iMac.
However when connected to Win XP, XP does not see the partitions and
tell me first to partition.
2. Connect to XP and partition there, everything worked. However upon
connecting to the iMac, OS X says the drive cannot beread but must be
3. Connected to OS x, made 2 partition. One partition HFS+ the other
nothing specified. iMac sees the one partition, however Win sees again
4. Connected to XP, made 2 partitions. One in XP HFS file system, the
second one no filesystem. Works again fine but not on OS X.
Can you give some more info on how I should do it, would be very much
In article <stevewjackson-FE8A30.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
"Steve W. Jackson" <email@example.com> wrote:
> In article
> AnToNio <BedenkEensWatLeuks@NotSoHotMail.com> wrote:
> :> Is it possible to partition (and format) an external drive in such a way
> :> that the result is 2 partitions.
> :> One of the partition I want to be used by Mac OS X and also should be
> :> bootable (if possible). The other partition should be usable by Win XP
> :> (FAT32 or NTFS), here no need to boot.
> :> The external drive has a FireWire and an USB connector.
> You should be able to partition that drive into two partitions on any
> platform that can handle the drive itself. You can connect it via
> FireWire, for instance, to your Mac and partition it. You can install a
> bootable OS X onto one partition and pretty much ignore the second
> partition. Then you should be able to hook it up to the XP box and
> format the second partition for its use. I don't know for sure if Disk
> Utility can format the drive for FAT32, though. I also don't know if XP
> can read the Mac's HFS+ filesystem, but when it comes back to the Mac
> side you'll be able to see both partitions. You just can't connect it
> to both machines simultaneously.
> = Steve =