Is it possible to access personal files across operating systems on a mac?

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  1. deejay390 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I will be getting a MBP shortly and i am planning on install windows 7 on it with boot camp possibly with other operating systems like linux. My question is is it possible to access personal files like video, music, pictures etc across partitions and operating systems.

    I have heard that this isn't very easy but i was also wondering, if i was to create another partition, not assigned to any particular operating system, could i just put all my personal files in there and access them that way, as i want to try and avoid creating duplicate copies of files. Is this possible? or is there another way?

    Thanks for any help.

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  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yes, but you may need 3rd party software like NTFS-3G or HFSExplorer
     
  3. deejay390 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I assume that is for creating a blank partition with no other operating system. And this will work? it's just that i don't want to resize my partitions with the other operating systems on if this doesn't work as i will obviously have to start from scratch.

    Appreciate the help!


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    WIndows uses NTFS format which is only readable by OS X, you need NTFS-3G to write it. Windows can't even read HFS+ (OS X format) so you need e.g. HFSEXplorer to get access to it while on Windows
     
  5. deejay390 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so could i create a blank partition of a format that is supported by both windows and mac for just my personal files or is this still not possible.

    Thanks again
     
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    It's possible but I can't see why you couldn't just use those apps. FAT32 is the only format supported by both and it has file size limit of 4GB.
     
  7. deejay390 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok Thank you for your help.

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