I'm about to get my first Mac, I baught a 21.5" iMac 2.9 GHz. I also want to run Windows on it, but don't want to install Windows on the internal 1 TB hard drive, I'm going to install it on a external drive and just boot from the external drive whenever I want to use windows. Now my questions:
I have a 2 TB Seagate external HDD, if I partition it in to 2 seprit spaces say 50/50, would I be able to install Windows on the one partition and use the other partition for Timemachine backup? Then I have my other 1 TB external for general mass storage. Will this work, will the Mac be happy with this? I'll obviously give each partition the correct file format.
Alternitivly I can dedicate my other 1 TB external for Timemachine backups and then partition the 2 TB external for 1 part Windows and other part just some mass storage.
Option 3, I can also dedicate the 1 TB external for Windows and then partition the 2 TB external for time machine and general mass storage.
Guess the main question remains whether the Mac will be happy with a external hard drive partitioned in to different file formats, just on a side note my 2 TB is a USB 3 Seagate and my 1 TB is a USB 2 Seagate.