Secondary hard drive question (dual boot)

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  1. psykick5 macrumors 6502

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    Okay so if I had say a 256GB SSD, I partition it straight down the middle so I can get a 128GB Lion partition and turn the rest into a Windows 7 partition. Then I have another hard drive in the Optibay (let's say 750GB), would this drive be able to be read by both OSes and even shared?
     
  2. BanterClaus macrumors regular

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    You could just partition the other HDD so it had a windows and mac format yes.
     
  3. psykick5 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But there's no partition that could share?
     
  4. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    I think with bootcamp you can read OSX formatted drives in Win7.

    If you want to read and write the drive from both OS, I'm not sure what to choose. But I think that's in general a bad idea, even if it's just "storage."
     
  5. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    I did that and it works fine. I have a 120 GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. I partitioned it as follows:

    SSD: 80GB (HFS+) OSX & Mac apps; 40GB (NTFS) Windows 7, Win7 apps
    HDD: 960GB (HFS+) Mac home folder; 40GB (NTFS) Windows storage

    Originally, I just put Windows on the HDD, but after using the SSD I couldn't even bear to boot Windows - it had to go on the SSD. I only use Windows for games, so I don't need too much space. I also have MacDrive installed in Windows and NTFS for Mac installed in OSX, so each can read from each other without having to use FAT32.
     
  6. psykick5 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How would you transfer files between partitions, then?
     
  7. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Copy/paste...same as usual. All four partitions show up in both Windows and OSX.
     
  8. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    But it will be read only unless its formatted for the os your running
     
  9. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    not without third party software, paragon for eg do drivers that will read/write hfs+ in windows and ntfs in os x, making either one an option.
     

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