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There are so many tips how to install Leopard but no one explaining how to map your HDD for partitions before install.

 

For example. I want to have documents, pictures etc visible in Mac and XP, so I need to make at least 2 partitions. 1 - for OS and 2 - for documents.

 

But how much should I have for OS and which format should I have on that OS system logical drive ?

 

Can any guru explain that, please ?

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I would recommend that you leave 10 GB for Leopard plus whatever space you need for the apps you'd like to have installed as a minimum. You should use HFS+ for Leo and Fat32 for sharing documents between windows and OSX since OSX cannot write NTFS. Keep in mind that Fat32 has a file limit of <=4GB, so if you're planning on downloading huge images or video files then you'll have to find another file system alternative.

 

How you partition your drives will really depend on how you will be booting your windows OS. If you boot windows natively then you could leave all partitions in HFS+ and install macdrive for windows (works really great, btw) in order to have read/write access to your files from within the microsoft environment. If you're booting windows via an emulation, say parallels, then you'll have automatic file access to all of your files in both directions.

 

Also, on OSX, all partitions must be of primary type, not logical.

 

Good luck,

 

hecker

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I would recommend that you leave 10 GB for Leopard plus whatever space you need for the apps you'd like to have installed as a minimum. You should use HFS+ for Leo and Fat32 for sharing documents between windows and OSX since OSX cannot write NTFS. Keep in mind that Fat32 has a file limit of <=4GB, so if you're planning on downloading huge images or video files then you'll have to find another file system alternative.

 

hecker

 

thank you for your response.

 

Are you sure that Mac OS doesn't recognise NTFS ? I thought it does ... So what people do if they want to see their documents (pictures, videos) in mac and XP ?

 

I have 2 HDD. First one is Windows but it is small and used only for Win. On my second HDD I want to have Mac OS and Documents, which I would like to see in XP also.

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The best thing you could do is get a NAS and set it up. That way you could map to it from both the Mac and the PC and not worry about having to format your drive to make it work.

A Nas is Network Attached Storage. You can buy a device from Linksys that will hookup to a USB Hard Drive and allow you to use a network connection to get to it. LinkSys Nas

You can then map that from Windows and from OSX.

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The best thing you could do is get a NAS and set it up. That way you could map to it from both the Mac and the PC and not worry about having to format your drive to make it work.

 

Is it the only way ? Is there any other way I could have 1 drive for Mac OS and second drive (of course more than 4 Gb) for docs without bying extra appliances ?

 

HFS+ this is an answer, thanks to hecker. So I can format with that filesystem my second drive and make it also primary type

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