I have a Macbook Pro 13 inch mid-2012 model that I self upgraded to 1TB HDD and 16GB RAM. The system runs flawlessly and VMWare is also fully functional for my basic needs on Windows. However I am at the point that I NEED BOOTCAMP, and VM is not an option for some of my needs.
Here is what I want to achieve, I have read numerous forums but entries either were somewhat dated, or did not have enough details on ALL the 3 aspects I mentioned above in the subject. Here is my plan, I would like to hear suggestions from the experts on this subject matter: I would basically like to have 3 partitions, 1 for OSX (100GB), 1 for Windows 7/8 (bootcamp, 100GB), and 1 for my user folder (remaining space, about 700GB+) which I intend to share between the 2 OS's.
Here is what I already know:
- I have to delete the recovery partition otherwise Windows will complain having more than 4 partitions on the boot drive (EFI, and the 3 others I mentioned). I am fine with loosing the reovery partition
- I know only exFAT is the format supported "natively" for BOTH read's and write's by OSX as well as Windows 7/8.
- I got some tutorials about somewhat convoluted and no so clean instructions on how to actually get the stuff installed, I am ready to take on the challenge and have backups etc so do not mind taking the risks
Here is what I want your advice on:
- Does exFAT perform well enough (as compared to HFS/NTFS on the same physical spinning drive I mean). Has anyone done something like this and if any suggestions
- Is it possible to get files corrupted while sharing the data like this between the 2 OS's
- Is creating the data partition as NTFS and installing some native NTFS I/O handler on OSX a better option if your experience on the above 2 is somewhat negative
- Anything else that I should be aware of?
Many thanks in advance,