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10.6: Enable native NTFS read/write support
Authored by: limbikity on Oct 01, '09 02:10:35PM

well i can't even get my Windows 7 NTFS partition to mount...

disk utility lists it as a FAT partition, which is incorrect. in the disk list it says "disk0s3" but when i try to mount it it fails silently, nothing even in the log file. i've never been able to mount the disk in Snow Leopard since i've installed Windows 7, maybe it has something to do with how i erased the partition during the install? Windows 7 reports the partition as healthy when scanned using chkdsk.

anyone have any ideas? i wish i didn't have to boot into windows to transfer files between the volumes.

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10.6: Enable native NTFS read/write support
Authored by: Michelasso on Oct 06, '09 06:03:37AM

Do you have Paragon NTFS or NTFS-3G installed? If so get a rid of them, they caused me thousands of problems with the bootcamp partition in Snow Leopard.

Then if Disk Utility shows /dev/disk0s3 instead of BootCamp or whatever, and worse as a FAT32 fs, I really don't understand how you manage to boot from the Bootcamp partition.

Sorry if I can't help much, but this GUID/MBR partition table is a nightmare. I spent one week to be able to install Windows 7 in bootcamp and have it working in Parallels as well.

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10.6: Enable native NTFS read/write support
Authored by: limbikity on Feb 18, '10 11:23:54AM

this past weekend, after being fed up with not being able to see the windows partition, i decided to start from scratch. i should mention that the first Windows 7 Pro disc i had, i downloaded from my school's MSDNAA website and burned the iso directly. this disc, for some reason or another, would freeze upon the "completeling installation..." stage of the install. at the time, i did some research and people were saying that to get past this freeze, one had to delete the partition created by Boot Camp Assistant (BCA) and create a new partition while in the Windows 7 installer. this is where my problem stems from. knowing this, i downloaded another "retail" iso from a bittorrent site just in case my MSDNAA iso was corrupted somehow (since i already had a legitimate key, it didn't matter where the install source came from).

***BEWARE, doing this is DANGEROUS, and could leave you with a non-working system if you do not follow carefully!

1) Make a backup of any important files you have on your current Windows partition. Since you cannot access the volume on Mac OS X, this means you must boot into Windows and copy what you want to another drive or partition. Additionally, make sure you have a very recent Time Machine backup.
2) Boot from your Snow Leopard install DVD and bring up Disk Utility. Erase your Mac's internal HD, so that there is only one partition, and it is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Then, quit Disk Utility and bring up the Time Machine Restore window of the installer. Restore your Mac from the latest backup. This could take a while.
3) Boot back into Mac OS X on your recently-restored HD. Bring up Boot Camp Assistant and partition your disk to whatever size you prefer. Insert your Windows 7 disc and restart.
4) When the Windows installer starts, click through the series of prompts until it brings you to a list of your internal disks. Click once to select the partition labeled "BOOTCAMP" and click FORMAT. Once this is complete, continue with your install.

and that's it! all is well in Windows land!

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