Using a dual-partition HFS+/FAT32 external drive on an XP PC

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  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    I have a portable 120Gb HD that is currently formatted HFS+. It would be useful to split it into two 60Gb partitions and format one of them as FAT32 to work with a Windows XP machine I have to use frequently.

    Does anyone know if the XP box will actually recognise the FAT32 partition, or will the fact that the HFS+partition exists on the same disk just terminally confuse it?

    Installing MacDrive on the XP box isn't an option, unfortunately.
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Yes, Windows will recognize the FAT32 partition. I've had a similar setup.

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