Leopard+XP+Data+Linux=What format(s) to use?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by muymoo, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. muymoo macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a brand new hdd for my 1 year and 8 day old Macbook. No Applecare and a dead hard drive. The new one is a 320GB 7200RPM WD Scorpio. I am starting all over. All i have backed up was my music on an external. I now want to use bootcamp to run XP, Linux, and Leopard. I also want a partition for my music. I was wondering if there was a way to partition it so my music partition could be accessed (Read/Write) from all three systems. What type and size of partitions would you recommend for each.

    XP:?
    Linux:?
    Leopard:?
    Data/music:?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    How much do you plan to use each OS? That will influence how to partition the drive. Also, keep in mind that Boot Camp doesn't support triple-boot with a data partition but it is possible to do - you'll have to make the initial Windows partition big enough for Windows, Linux, and the data partition, then split the Windows partition into three.

    Primary OS: 75 GB
    Secondary OS: 50 GB
    Tertiary OS: 25 GB
    Data: 148.02 GB

    If you're going to have lots of data, this layout makes sense - the data partition should be the largest.
     
  3. muymoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, but what format (FAT32, HFS+, NTFS, etc.) should I make each?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    The Mac OS X partition must be HFS Plus.
    The Windows partition must be NTFS due to being >32 GB in size.
    The Linux partition should be whatever the Linux installer suggests you use - probably ext2 or ext3.
    The data partition should be FAT32 - this is the most universal format.
     
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