I’ve just got a new PC, so I’d like to backup my data incase it all fails. As most of my stuff is download (Games etc), I’d like a hard backup. I’m looking at the My Book Essential, with USB3.0, as it’s so quick.
However, I’m also getting a new iMac, when they refresh the product line.
This means I’d like to back this up too. 2TB should be enough, but I miht go for 3TB, I’ll see about the price at the time.
So my question is, can I connect my My Book to a PC and a Mac at the same time, and access it at the same time? I’m guessing this isn’t possible, but I’d also like to transfer files this way
To access from both you are probably getting into some type of network issue. The simplest would be a home network to a desktop and access that from Mac. Both would need to be on to access from Mac. More complicated would be sometype of network drive. There will be a format isseu between Windows and Mac. One way to fix is format FAT32 but that has a file size limit of 4G. Here is a link explaining an alternative an app you download from Apple NTFS-3G http://community.wdc.com/t5/External-Drives-for-Mac/WD-My-Book-Elite-Using-on-a-Mac-amp-PC/m-p/92308#M1894 That should get you started.
I guess a smaller (500GB) for my PC (Only around 160GB HDD) and a 2/3TB one for Mac? This’ll cost a lot, what about a small media center, will this serve the same purpose?