Question about partitions

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jbbutters, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. jbbutters macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2006
    I'm thinking about making the jump into buying a 20"inch imac tommorow from CompUSA but I'm going to need an XP with bootcamp if I do get one. Heres a question. Say I make a 50-100 gb partition for Windows. Will I be able to access the movie/whatever files I have on the Windows partition on OSX as well as the opposite? Or are they completely hidden from each other?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    OS X can read both NTFS and FAT32 and can write to FAT32. XP can't make a FAT32 partition larger than 32GB, so you'd have to work around that to make a larger FAT32 partition.

    Windows can't see the HFS+ (Mac) partitions without MacDrive (

    IMHO, the best solution is to keep shared files on an external FAT32 formatted drive. Or, if you're going to use XP a lot, remove OS X from the internal and have it on an external drive only.

  3. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    Flash drives work well for sharing files. This might not be enough for your needs if you're going to be sharing a lot of files though.

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