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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. :)


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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.

Hermosa Beach, CA USA

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