Question about partitions

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jbbutters, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. jbbutters macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking about making the jump into buying a 20"inch iMac tommorow from CompUSA but I'm going to need an XP with bootcamp if I do get one. Heres a question. Say I make a 50-100 gb partition for Windows. Will I be able to access the movie/whatever files I have on the Windows partition on OSX as well as the opposite? Or are they completely hidden from each other?
     
  2. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    OS X can read both NTFS and FAT32 and can write to FAT32. XP can't make a FAT32 partition larger than 32GB, so you'd have to work around that to make a larger FAT32 partition.

    Windows can't see the HFS+ (Mac) partitions without MacDrive (http://www.mediafour.com).

    IMHO, the best solution is to keep shared files on an external FAT32 formatted drive. Or, if you're going to use XP a lot, remove OS X from the internal and have it on an external drive only.

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  3. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    Flash drives work well for sharing files. This might not be enough for your needs if you're going to be sharing a lot of files though.
     

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