Partition that can be read by OS X and Windows

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  1. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a

    excalibur313

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    Hi Everyone,
    I have a research computer where I would like to dual boot windows 7 64 bit and OS X. I want a separate partition to keep all the data that both OS X and Windows can read. The trick is that I want to use a vmware fusion file in both that is bigger than 4gb so fat 32 won't work. Is there a good solution to this or what would you recommend?
    Thanks!
    Stephen
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    Both can read NTFS but I get the impression that you want to be able to write too. Do you need "writability" from one OS, or both?
     
  3. hollyw0od macrumors member

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    To read and write from the Windows side of things, you can use a program called Macdrive.

    From OS X it's free to use MacFUSE and NTFS-3G. (Install MacFUSE first.) You can also buy Tuxera NTFS (instead of the open source NTFS-3G) to use with MacFUSE for better performance and data protection.
     
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