can you share files between both OS's with Boot Camp?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by theprizefight, Jan 7, 2007.

  1. theprizefight macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2006
    I was wondering if I have both OS X and Windows XP installed on a macbook pro, will I be able to access all the files on the hard drive from either computer? For example, If I'm in XP, can I play all the music files I have that I usually play in OS X? or would I somehow have to copy all the files to the other partition or something like that? forgive my lack of knowledge regarding the situation.

    thanks in advance.
  2. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Any files you want to share between the two need to be in a FAT32 partition. OSX uses the HFS+ filesystem by default which Windows cannot read. Windows uses either FAT32 or NTFS, but if you use NTFS on the Windows partition, OSX will only be able to read from it. So the older, less secure FAT32 is the only way to go to achieve this without spending extra cash on third party software.
  3. Tarkovsky macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2007
    You can use an external HD formated fat32 as well.

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