Partitioning HD for Windows and Mac

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  1. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    I have a 500GB external hard drive. I would like a 250GB FAT32 Partition for Windows on boot camp and a 250GB Mac OS extended partition for TM. However, I don't want OS X to recognize the FAT32 partition when I plug it in. How would I do that?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Horst Guest

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    In windows, rename the drive and put a period in front of the name, eg .windrive.

    It will then not show up on the OSX desktop, if that's what you are asking.
     
  3. Slowstick thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks!!!
     
  4. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

    Tom Sawyer

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    Or if your feeling a little adventurous and want the drive to actually not be mounted at all... you can create an fstab file in /etc and keep it from being mounted on bootup....

    Just put this line in /etc/fstab

    LABEL=VOLNAME none fat32 rw,noauto 0 0

    Where VOLNAME is the name of your windows volume

    If you format or change the format of your windows partition to NTFS, just substitute NTFS for fat32 in the line above.

    Hope that helps.... :)
     
  5. Slowstick thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I tried this out....it took a few tries...but it works sooooo much better with my setup. Thanks!!!!!!
     
  6. Tom Sawyer macrumors 6502a

    Tom Sawyer

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    Glad to hear that worked out for you! One of the many reasons it is so nice to run a Unix based OS. :D
     

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