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Type of backup drive to use with Macbook Pro

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Hi,

I will soon get MacBook Pro 2015.

Is it ok if I use a boot usb drive (FAT32), boot into ATI 2017, then save backups to another USB flash drive (NTFS)?

Or should I backup the drive to the USB flash within the OS?
If so, what type of drive do I need and type of file system should it use?

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Mac OSX uses OS X journaled partion schemes.  I would use that for any backups you take with the Mac.  Personally, I would do a 2 backup plan with your MaC on the same OS X journaled hard drive - 1) use the default time machine backup and 2) use Acronis backup - one can be your primarly backup and the other can be your backup, backup.

You should be able to peform your backups of both Time Machine and/or Acronis while the OS is running.  It's been awhile since I've used the Mac version of Acronis, but you used to have to be booted into the offline recovery media to do any type of Acronis restore - that may be different in newer versions now, but I'm not really sure.

You do not want to user NTFS with any Mac as Mac's can only READ NTFS an cannot write to them.  FAT32 should work on Mac or Windows so can be handy, but it's slower and limits single file size to a maximum of 4GB.  Acronis will break up the backup sinto 4GB chunks (which is fine),  but just FYI.  If you are primarily using a Mac, then I would recommend keeping your hardware Mac compabible and leaving things as OS X journaled. 

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Can I use exFAT? I'd like to use the drive on both pc and mac.

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You should be able to store Acronis backup images on exfat, but cannot create the bootable recovery media to an exfat formatted drive.  I'm not sure you can create a Time Machine backup to exfat though - pretty sure it needs to be OS X journaled if that's in the plans as well.  There are some terminal commands that may help, but have never tried. http://lifehacker.com/use-time-machine-on-an-exfat-hard-drive-with-a-sparse-b-1576910192

Just make sure to test it.  Create a backup and let it run to the exfat drive - should work and if you get success, that is good to go.  Then do a "mock" recovery (don't actually recover, but go through the process and make sure it can see the backup on the exfat drive) as the source of the recovery.