Music Sharing between OSX & Vista???

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ~J~, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. ~J~ macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2007
    Location:
    3rd Rock from the sun
    #1
    I just installed Vista Ultimate in BootCamp and was wondering if it is somehow possible to listen to all my music that I have in OSX while I'm in Vista? Of course, I have iTunes installed under Vista as well. Is this possible to do? And if so, can someone please let me know how? Thanks!
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

    QuarterSwede

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    #2
    I'm not completely sure about how to go about it but if you can read the OS X partition from Vista you'll be able to add the library to iTunes in Vista. The question is whether you can read the OS X partition from Vista without some 3rd party app.
     
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

    velocityg4

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2004
    Location:
    Georgia
    #3
    Vista can not natively read Mac formatted volumes. Really the best bet is to have three partitions. This is what I use on my Windows machine for swapping between XP and Vista, but would work even better for your situation.

    Partition 1: Mac OS X (Mac OS extended; Journaled): Use for OS, Apps and room for swap file and preferences

    Partition 2: NTFS: Use for Vista OS, Apps, swap file, preferences and recovery console (if used, useless in my opinion)

    Partition 3: FAT32: Use for storage of all files: I set up folders in the root directory for "Documents", "Pictures", "Music", "Videos" etc... and run aliases to my desktop or home folder in each OS and save to them to make easily available in each.

    The main advantage of FAT32 is that both Windows and Mac OS X and read/write to the FAT32 file system, as well as just about any other OS except maybe some really old ones.

    There are some disadvantages to this. There is a limit to individual file sizes of 4GB any file larger than this will not copy. The only time you may encounter this is with large videos, so if you use final cut/imovie leave room on the OS X partition. Another possibility is if you have a large .dmg of a DVD software installer, legitimate of course.

    When formatting the partition Windows (XP and later) artificially limits the formatting size of FAT32 to 32GB, though FAT32 actually has much larger limits. However, they can make use of larger partitions you just have to do the formating in OS X.
     
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

    QuarterSwede

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    #4
    Alternatively you can MacDrive to read/write (r/w) to HFS+ (Journaled) and then use MacFuse to r/w to NTFS.

    The downside is that MacDrive is $49.95. However, MacFuse is free from Google.
     
  5. Freyqq macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2004
    #5
    NTFS is such a better file system compared to FAT32. It is such a shame that there is no real NTFS support shipped with OSX. Luckily there are 3rd party alternatives..but still...
     

Share This Page