Can OS X see inside XP partition?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by mlrproducts, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    The way I'm thinking in my head, it should work. But can anyone confirm/deny by way of testing that when both are installed, that OS X can see the XP partition and files in it?

    I'm thinking until Adobe comes around, I could edit in Windows Photoshop CS2, save the file, and then go pull it under OS X to put in Aperture.
     
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    Honestly I don't know, but even if you find out that you can't, couldn't you always just use an external harddrive to do the same thing basically? Just save the files there and have access via any OS thats booted.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Of course, but if you don't have one, or don't want to take the time, it would be convenient to do it the way I said. Also, the way I have my backup drives I only write to them in spurts when I have a certain number of files. Of course when I get my MBP it will probably be a while before I use them at all - that is until ExpressCard/34 FW800 card that is affordable comes out.
     
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    If you format your Windows partition in FAT32 you should be able to see files. Mac OS X does not natively see NTFS partitions. Though there are probably utilities that would allow you to read NTFS partitions.
     
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    While I don't have an intel Mac I read through the instructions, and I think it has to be FAT only. However, Tiger can see NTFS, just can't write to it.
     
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    You are correct Tiger can read NTFS just not write. Either way FAT32 seems to be the way to go
     
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    Yes.

    I'm in OSX right now and can see into the Windows XP partition.
     
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    THANKS!!!! And I'm right about having to format as FAT32 correct? I don't know if I can do that - as DVDshrink spits out files greater than 4gb!!!
     
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    Does anyone know if you can see the OS X partition from Windows, if you have MacDrive installed?
     
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    As per the others, use a fat formatted drive, but i'd suggest going with say a partition size that will allow you to copy files between the two and thats all. You shouldn't have XP running on a fat partitioned drive as you lose all the security etc. So if you have a big enough drive, maybe a 10GB partition. Obviously you know the size of the files better than us, so maybe if you have a few 4GB files going back and forth increase it to 15GB.
     
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    Gotta go FAT all the way (unfortunately)

    Even if you could hypothetically format the windows partition on a mac as NTFS, I can't imagine why you'd want to. As others have said, and as I have experience with as a systems administrator, accessing an NTFS drive from a mac OX environment yeilds only read priviledges. In other words, plugging in a FW/USB drive to a mac formatted as NTFS only allows you to read, and consequently grab the files and copy them to your HD. Whereas a drive formatted FAT, you can read/write to it. An example: The owner of the company I work for had his HD on his laptop fail - would NOT boot or be recognized by ANY windows system. I just took it out of his laptop and put it into a USB enclosure. When I plugged it into my mac, it mounted and I was able to take all the data he needed off and burn it to a CD. It was NTFS, so I couldn't moved files around on the disk.

    Does that explain it? :)
     
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    Well my whole plan was to devote 10-15GBs. However, with FAT I can't even use DVDshrink as it outputs a 4.3GB file (FAT limits 4GB per file). Why run NTFS? If all I'm doing it pulling ISOs out of the Windows partition - there is no need to write. Not to mention, again, the 4.3GB file size.
     
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    yeah, I guess as long as you don't need to write to it from OS X, then I guess so. :) Have at it!
     
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    That's the point of the software, I believe. It's all it does. The price for it is pretty hefty, considering all things.
     
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    Yes, it works. Yes, It works well. The same company has/had software called XPlay which was for HFS formatted iPods before it became possible to reformat an iPod into FAT32. I've used XPlay before which uses a stripped down version of MacDrive.
     

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