Mac Pro/Bootcamp installation question

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by grovertdog, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. grovertdog macrumors regular

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    Greetz, all!

    FedEx just dropped off my MP and I am ready to rumble!

    I bought a fresh 250GB SATA2 drive for all things Windows. I wish to partition it in the following manner:

    -second partition = largest FAT32 partition I can use (32GB if memory serves), for interplatform sharing

    -primary partition = NTFS for OS, programs, etc.

    Should I do anything to the drive beforehand prior to bootcamping/installing XP? I wonder if I should do the FAT32 partition via OS/X and let the Windows install deal with the remaining amount for the "primary" NTFS part? Alternatively, can I direct XP to install using only part of the new drive, and then add the FAT32 partition later?

    Any help or chiding would be appreciated!:D
    ~gtd
     
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  3. djhspawn macrumors member

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    I would like to know as well. I wanted to put in a Raptor drive for the XP load for gaming.
     
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  5. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    The maximum file size for a FAT32 partition is 2TB while the largest file size is 4GB. I don't really know how you should set it up. I'll probably allocate about 100GB to Windows, all FAT32. I like 'em FAT.
     
  6. grovertdog thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, but my question was focused as to whether let XP create the two partitions or create one (or two) using OS/X or a utility PRIOR to installing XP and Bootcamp-- have my sizing scheme down actually.

    I do NOT want XP to partition the entire empty drive as one partition.

    ~gtd
     

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