file handeling between partitions.... advice--

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by whyrichard, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    Hello all good fellow brother and sister mac people,

    questiona bout the bove title...

    i will probably purchase macdrive, it seems to be a good solution for me.

    when i am on my xp partition, and i use macdrive to access, say, an illustrator file off of my osx partition, and i work on it and change it and save it on my osx partition, what if any are the drawbacks?

    what are the drawbacks in using and saving files casually across an xp and an osx partition using macdrive?

  2. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    If you save the file on your XP partition, you can view it from mac os x... so there aren't any drawbacks that I can see. Adobe files are completely cross-compatible.
  3. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    it going to depends on which filesystem you selected for your partitions format will decide what problems you will have.
  4. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002

    i'm usually not this kind of person but....

    ... grammer man. "it's going to depend on which filesystem you selected for your partitions formate. it will decide what problem you will have. " or something like dat.

  5. Uma888 macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2005
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Best thing to do is make a partition that both OS's can read and write to. I have done this on my windows box. i have 3 partitions:
    1) Linux (Reiser FS)
    2) Windows (NTFS)
    3) Documents (FAT32)

    You might have to resize your NTFS/HFS partition its up to you

    You may need to reinstall everthing
  6. glorfindeal macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2006
    Sorry, to tell you this, but OS X can not write to NTFS, it can only read it. And as far as I can tell, there is no 3rd party solution to fix this. He would have to format his XP partition to fat32, which means it can't be larger than 32 GB.

  7. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    That may be true, but you can have more than one partition in XP. Like Uma888, I have a PC that dual boots XP and Linux. My XP install is on an NTFS partitions, and that's where all the applications sit. Documents (ie. My Documents/My Downloads/My Music etc) and other shared data are on a FAT32 partition. I save anything that I may need in Linux to the shared partition, when I'm working with XP. I automount the FAT32 partition when booting into Linux.

    I don't believe there's a 32GB limit on partition size for FAT32 - I have a 120GB external HDD formatted as FAT32. There is a limit on file size of 4GB.
  8. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    sorry i was half asleep... my advice is still sound.
  9. glorfindeal macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2006
    You can have 2 or more partitions in XP on a pc but no one has posted that they have been able to set up their Mac with multiple partitions for XP. Also, I believe you can format a partition greater that 32 GB from another source or even a different formatting tool, but XP's formatter will not allow you to format a partition greater than 32 GB without making it NTFS.

  10. macrants macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2003
    I bought MacDrive, and I'm super pleased. Using only 2 partitions is simpler and allows me to have the most space available for both partitions.

    I haven't run into issues, and I use it pretty heavily. I would naturally caution you that Windows has basically root access to your Mac partition, and any virus or spyware will have access to the Mac partition while using Macdrive.

    My solution is to not be an idiot and use Avast antivirus, and not to download crap that contains spyware.

    It's only been 10 days, but I'm pretty happy with my dual-boot situation. Now if Stratus Fear will magically make ATI drivers happen, I'll finally know what video games on a computer are like.

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