NTFS or Fat32 for bootcamp / VMware Fusion

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by lom8104, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. lom8104 macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2005
    which is better NTFS or fat32? Is it easy to get NTFS drivers for mac os x? Does it matter if I make bootcamp partition 1st or create fusion image first?
  2. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    If you're using XP, format it FAT32. That way you'll be able to read AND write files from your Mac partition. On NTFS you can only read. Also if you want to use Boot Camp with VMware you need to make the Boot Camp partition first.
  3. lom8104 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2005
    Thanks M@lew thats exactly what I needed to know!
  4. l'homme macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2006
    also NTFS is faster and can handle large amounts of data
  5. TonyTerjeson macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008
    Boot Camp with VMWARE Fusion

    Look this is the main explanation:
    FAT32: use for windows xp/2000
    You can Read and wright
    you can use Vmware fusion and parells

    You can format with FAT32 when you have 32GB or less

    NTFS: you have to use this for vista and for harddrive partions bigger then 32GB
    You can only read form your mac side
    You cant use parells or VMware Fusion

    Q: so how do you have a vista bootcamp partion and run parells desktop or vmware fusion.

    A: YOU CANT:apple:
  6. deriko100 macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2008
    New York
    Learn how to spell?
  7. ilovebananas macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2008
    It's called Paragon NTFS for Os X. A simple driver that allows Os X to write to any NTFS partition. Only problem it costs 40 dollars
  8. rodman109110 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    My XP partition is NTFS and it works fine under Vmware Fusion.
  9. InfoTime macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    You can... for free: http://www.ntfs-3g.org/

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