I'm trying to use a LaCie 2TB drive as an AirPort drive, for backup on a home network. We have one mac and two PC laptops.
My plan is to create a Mac partition and a Windows partition. However, Disk Utility won't let me set the windows partition to Windows format; there's no option in the menu for it in the partition tab. Am I doing something wrong?
Alternatively, is there a way to partition the drive with one partition that all three machines can see? We have a Mac G5 with 10.4 and two laptops with Windows 7.
Asked by neilfein on June 13, 2010. Last Edited on June 13, 2010.
If you are connecting to the drive over the network, then the format should not matter - The system (AirPort) to which the drive is connected simply needs to be able to read it, for which I would format it as one large HFS+ partition. From there the files are encapsulated to the machines via various networking protocols, which both the windows and mac machines can use.
Answered by Darth Android on June 13, 2010.
I've formatted the disk with one big Mac partition, and both of the Windows PCs and Mac can see and write to it. The Mac is currently doing a whole-disk backup using Synk Standard. (It's a first backup and has been going for over a day and a half, but seems to be making progress.)
Darth, thanks again for the heads-up about security. I've researched this further, and the questions to ask in this case seem to be  is the disk password-protected (it is), and  Is the AirPort using WEP or WPA (It's using WPA/WPA 2 "Personal"). When this backup is complete, I'll try unchecking "Share disks over WAN" and see if everything still works.
Answered by neilfein on June 15, 2010.
Use Dropbox, it'll propagate your files across all of the computers (no matter what OS) and give you an online backup in case disaster strikes (like a fire).
Answered by Evan Plaice on June 15, 2010.
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