Getting files from mac hd to the bootcamp partition?

Jaykay

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I was just wondering if there's an easy way to partition an existing mac os extended external drive to have a small 5GB FAT32 partition without losing any of the data already on the disk and then use that as a go between for MacOS and windows. I already have a lot of data on the bootcamp NTFS partition so i dont want to reformat it. Any ideas?
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NewEvolution

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My guess is you'll not be able to without going back into bootcamp and reformatting your windows partition. I've formatted my own Windows partition as FAT32 for just this reason.

Since you have a lot of data on your NTFS partition, do you have an external HDD and/or enough space on your OS X partition to back up all the important files? You CAN still read the NTFS partion from OS X, just not write to it.

The other option would be to get a 3rd party program that will allow you to see your drives from either operating system. As I said, I used FAT32 so I can read and write to my Windows partition from OS X without issue. I purchased MacDrive 6 from Mediafour to allow me to view and write to my OS X partition from Windows. So far it's worked great, and is well worth the $50 for the enhanced interoperability.
 

Jaykay

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Ya, tried out hte mediafour app before it had a lot of problems running on my system and very little support so im a bit iffy about handing over money for it. And as well, i don thave enough room on any of my drives, think i might just go and buy another HD seeing i think i need one anyways.

I thought this would have been rather more common issue? Ah well.

Thanks for the help.
Jaykay
 

balamw

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Jaykay said:
And as well, i don thave enough room on any of my drives, think i might just go and buy another HD seeing i think i need one anyways.
I just leave a FAT32 USB stick connected to or by the system to act as an intermediary file system...

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