Need help reinstalling XP on a three partition system.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Andra, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. Andra macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm using a MacBook Pro with three partitions:
    Macintosh HD: HFS+
    DATA: Fat32
    XP: NTFS

    I've installed this using the following guide:
    http://twoyearstwodays.blogspot.com/2006/05/bootcamp-sharing-data-between-osx-and.html

    XP got all buggy on me (I think it has to do with the device-drivers, since I kept hearing those "device-removed/device-added"-kaploinks) and decided to reinstall XP.

    However, after reformating the XP drive, copying installation files (first step in the installation process) and rebooting I get a disk error and can't continue the installation. OSX boots fine (thank god), but my XP partition (that I used to be able to see) is gone. In Disk Utility it's marked as disk0s4 and is unmountable.

    Googling around I found this post, which kind off confirmed my suspicions:
    http://macosx.com/forums/boot-camp-os-virtualization-mac/293147-error-xp-install.html

    Together with this quote from the guide:
    I guess I somehow need to hide my Fat-32 DATA partition from the XP installation-process.

    Am I right in this assumption?
    Does anyone know a way of doing this, without reformating my DATA partition? I can back it up, but I'm really not a fan of such drastic measures (yeah, I'm a wimp, so sue me :rolleyes: ).
    Is there something else that I could be doing wrong here?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    Yours,
    Andra.
     
  2. Seeker macrumors newbie

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    Apr 25, 2007
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    Maybe it would help to say why you need to do this? Is it to share data? If so, it MAY be simpler to get a program on each end to let you read the data in the other partition.

    I do the standard bootcamp thing, so the mac can read the XP (FAT, not NTFS) partition, and using a program called MacDrive (yes it costs money) I can read/write in the HFS+ partition - so I can store data there that XP can use. *IF* this is why you need three partitions, spending a little money vs a lof time might make it simpler???
     
  3. Andra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, I need NTFS for video files larger than 4 Gigs in XP, and some programs like After Effects are supposed to work more efficiently on that file system. I need Fat32 for sharing between the two operating systems. And of course I need hfs+ for OSX.

    I've still got the OSX and Fat32 partitions in good working order, and would like to keep them that way. I just need to figure out how to get my NTFS partition back and re-install XP on it.

    Yours,
    Andra
     

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