11 December 2009

NTFS-3G for Mac and Ubuntu

One of the first issues that I ran into with my new MacBook Pro is that I have an external 750GB Maxtor OneTouch 4 hard drive that I use for backups. My other laptop runs Ubuntu Linux and I wanted to find a way to be able to use the hard drive with Apple’s Time Machine backup software as well as be able to backup DVD iso’s and other things from my Linux machine. It took me some testing and reading to figure out what file system and partition setup would work best for all of this. I decided to partition my hard drive 250GB HFS+ for Time Machine and 450GB NTFS for everything else (700GB usable). I then installed the NTFS-3G for Mac OS X so that I could read and write NTFS with Mac OS. Ubuntu comes with NTFS-3G support out of the box so there was no issue there. If Time Machine allowed backup to a remote file server then I would probably attach the drive to the EeePC that I have running Debian Linux and serving as my web server and setup a samba server or use SSH. Then I could use rdiff-backup from my Linux machine for backups on that side as well. But for now this works.

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