Why is my external HDD (OSX format) readable in Parallels Windows ?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by XPcentric, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. XPcentric macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2008
    So I have an external (WD) HDD which is split in two partitions, one is FAT32 for Windows users and one part Mac OSX Extended Journaled for OSX users.

    I dont want the OSX partition to be readable to Windows users, and I thought that the format I used is not readable. However in Parallels Windows XP it is readable. I did not check on a stand alone Windows PC.
  2. Centsy macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2011
    I believe Parallels automatically adds your connected drives to your guest OS. Parallels handles the file transfer, so the format doesn't matter as long as OS X can read it.
  3. XPcentric thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2008
    thanks, you must be right, I've tested a real PC with an OSX formatted HDD and it asked for the disk to be formatted, could not read.

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