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  • djames42 Level 1 (80 points)
    Is there anything that'll allow the Mac side to read

    the NTFS partition like how MacDrive will let WinXP read J-HFS?

    Yeah, it's called Finder

    MacOS can read NTFS, it just can't write to an NTFS filesystem (which is why you were unable to rename that partition from within MacOS -- you could have however, renamed the 'drive' from within XP and it should've reflected the updated name from the Mac Finder).

    I'll be formatting FAT32 most likely, because I want the ability to write to my Windows drive from within the Mac environment, that way I can share files back and forth (grab them from the corporate server in Windows, jump back to the Mac for editing, and so on).

    The advantages of NTFS over FAT32:

    o Larger partitions (FAT32 supports maximum 32g partition)
    o Larger files (FAT32 supports maximum filesize of ~4g)
    o Compression (XP can work with compressed files transparently)
    o Encryption (XP can also work with encrypted files transparently--I believe File Vault is similar)
    o more efficient clustering, so small files use less space

    I personally don't anticipate needing any of these features and want the flexibility of sharing files between OSes.

    1.42/80/1g Mini - 1.83MBP/2g/100g 7200rpm   Mac OS X (10.4.5)   Former Newton OMP user.
  • steveprice Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi I have been unable to get windows to boot after installing the Apple drivers when I create the partition as FAT32. I was wanting to do exactly what you are discussing have the "my documents" folder available to OSX. Created the partition as NTFS and windows works fine. I was trying for the max 32 Gig size. Am trying to make a 25 gig partition now. Hopefully it works. Anyone run into the missing or corrupt PCI.SYS file problem with the FAT32 file system?
  • Oben Level 1 (65 points)
    Bear in mind that if you choose FAT32 you can always convert the partition to NTFS from within Windows. It's a one way procedure though. You can't go the other way.

    Start with FAT32 and change it to NTFS later if you wish.
  • Donie Kelly Level 1 (5 points)
    I just clicked on the hard drive and highlighted

    name of my XP partition (currently named "NO

    and changed it--what's the deal?

    let me verify: you do this while from OS X? do you
    just right click on the icon on the desktop and
    change the name? does the XP work fine afterwards?


    Boot into Windows. Open Explorer. Click on drive. Press F2. Type in new name. Press Return. Fnished. It sould now be the new name when you boot back into MacOS

  • djeung Level 1 (0 points)
    I was wondering: since OS X can read fat32, what if I store my itunes files under XP and just read them from the Mac side. Has anyone tried this yet? It would certainly be better than storing them twice, once under XP, and once under OS X.

  • Randall Schulz Level 3 (800 points)
    FAT has one advantage only: It can be written to from Mac OS.

    NTFS is a modern file system with many advantages: Journaling; Protection; Space efficiency; Compression; Encryption; Case-sensitivity.

    Just say “no!” to FAT.

    Randall Schulz
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