Originally posted by r0b0
No, linux cannot write to NTFS disks. It can read from them but it is not enough for you I guess.
Consider reformating to FAT32, it is ok with both linux and windows.
No, the backup utilities I use create really big
files (they basically take the whole backup set and create one huge, compressed, encrypted file). Bigger than 4gig, which is the Fat32 limit.
I suppose I could create 2 partitions on my external HD - one NTFS and one FAT32.