|I partitioned my [WD Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB External USB 2.0 500 GB Hard Drive] to 3 different partitions. The original (and very large ~350GB) NTFS partition for my backups, a 30GB FAT32 partition for transferring files quickly between the Mac and Windows 7 halves of my iMac, and a third 80GB partition for Mac specific backups.|
To access and write to and from the NTFS Partition on the Mac half of the iMac, I installed Tuxera NTFS. (Not sure if this really will help at all, but it is something.)
I decided to partition a a fourth partition to run Windows 7 from instead of partitioning my iMac's HD, and during the resizing of the partition, the program I was using went unresponsive, and after 2 hours of waiting, I was forced to quit the application.
When I tried to access the disk again from Windows XP, the smaller two partitions were readable and nothing was wrong with them. The main partition, however, was readaing as unformatted and I was very dissappointed because of this. I went ahead and upgraded the WinXP version I had installed to my iMac to Win7. Still unreadable. Very depressed about this, I went onto the Mac half and was surprised to find that ALL of the partitions mounted correctly and that they were all readable and I could access all of the files on the original large partition, and could even back them up if I wanted to. (It would take a few days due to size, etc. but I could still do it.)
I'm not sure why the Windows systems I have had installed can't read the disk, but the Mac system can. If there is anything I can do to have Windows open the NTFS partition and be able to read and write to it would be nice. In the meantime, I am looking for a device big enough to backup the partition in the long run. Any short or long term solution would be appreciated. Thanks for all the help in advance.