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Boot Camp - Access one partition from the other?
Authored by: MtnBiker on Apr 07, '06 08:40:08AM

Did I read elsewhere that you can't see the Windows partition from OS X (or did I miss it in Rob's article)? And what about visa versa? If true this is major shortcoming. If you're just running games not a big deal, but if you happen to find something in one OS that you want to move to the other OS, what do you do, mail to yourself?

Also important if you need to use Windows for something you can't do in OS X (I'm assuming you spent the big bucks to have primarily a Mac), this is inconvenient at best. But before I rant anymore, I should await confirmation.

But I'm holding out for virtualization (simultaneous booting) in any case. Rebooting would be too inconvenient in most cases.

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Hermosa Beach, CA USA



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Boot Camp - Access one partition from the other?
Authored by: robg on Apr 07, '06 08:58:25AM

OS X can see both NTFS and FAT32 volumes (you can install XP on either). However, it can only write to FAT32.

But FireWire and USB devices work fine, so if I were doing this in a work setting, I'd just get an external drive and format it in FAT32 32gb chunks, and install XP on an NTFS partition on the boot disk.

From XP, you can't see the HFS+ OS X disk at all, unless you install MacDrive, a third-party app.

In all situations, there are no permissions on the 'other' OS's disk, so you can pretty much destroy it if you do something stupid. :)

-rob.



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Boot Camp - Access one partition from the other?
Authored by: MtnBiker on Apr 07, '06 11:17:29AM

Thanks for the answer. More convenient than emailing, but if you forget to move a file to the external drive first--two more reboots. And don't forget to copy the file you're working on back to it's home folder.

My interest is a .gpx file. Mapping and GPSs are poorly supported on Mac OS X. Many interesting apps are on Windows. And trying to use Virtual PC through a USB port which is connected to a KeySpan device allowing the computer to talk to serial USB at best fraught with difficulties--meaning it doesn't usually work. So a dual boot may be necessary--one can hope that future virtualizations will be better.

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Hermosa Beach, CA USA



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Boot Camp - Access one partition from the other?
Authored by: bradleyd1971 on Apr 07, '06 08:58:59AM

I believe when you are running OS X you would be able to see the NTFS partition and read from it, but not write to it. So if you had a file you created in Windows, and then needed to use under OS X you could pull it from the Windows partition and then save it in the OS X partition.

I don't know about seeing the OS X partition from Windows though. I do know that on my Windows PC at home I can map drive letters to the drives on my macbook and my emac though (but that uses samba I believe).



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Boot Camp - Access one partition from the other?
Authored by: brucio on Apr 07, '06 09:34:56AM

While a USB thumbdrive may be a workaround for laptop users, is it possible to create a 3rd partition on the boot drive? OSX>HFS+, XP>NTFS, and a FAT32 partition for tranferring files?

(Still waiting for virtualization.)



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