XP partition and OSX partition on 1 external drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bzflag, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. bzflag macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2006
    I have a 250gb OWC external firewire drive, a G4 iBook, and a desktop running xp pro. Currently I have tons of media on the drive and it is partitioned for use with the iBook. I just built my desktop machine and it would make more sense for the desktop machine to use the drive. I would like to partition close to 230gb of the disk for use with the windows machine, but keep a small partition for use in OSX in case I ever need it. The data does not need to be shared between the 2 computers, but the ability to write to the separate partitions is. Neither absolutely needs to be able to be used as a startup disk, but it might be nice if the windows partition could be. Is there any way of doing this?
  2. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    You can do this very easily. You make the partitions you want, then format the partitions for what ever format you want. You can actually make both partitions FAT32 as Mac OS X can read and write to FAT32. It however CANNOT write to NTFS, only read. So just keep that in mind.

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