Installing WinXP via Boot Camp, NTFS vs Fat32

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  1. Commander Riker

    Commander Riker Starfleets Finest

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    I installed a partition for WinXP and used the NTFS file system for the partition. Since I can't directly transfer files between the 2 partitions with NTFS, would there be any problem if instead of directly moving it from one partition to the other, I put the file on a USB disk, then transfered it through that to the second partition?
     
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    No, that should work fine. Alternately you can just install MacDrive in XP and that will let you access your main OSX partition from inside XP and move files that way.
     
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    Commander Riker Starfleets Finest

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    Is it free software? I just got my Macbook yesterday and am still learning how the OS works. :o
     
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    free? in theory, no.
     
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    You can also use utilities on the Mac side to read/write to NTFS. If you're looking for something totally free, I think MacFUSE might be able to help you.

    Personally, I have a small Fat32 partition and I usually just use VMWare anyway instead of booting natively into Windows, and under that it's easy to set up shared folders.
     

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