Originally Posted by akafitz
I've got a dual boot of Fedora Core 5 and XP with the following general partition setup...
/dev/sda1 - XP - 20GB - NTFS
/dev/sda2 - Shared - 60Gb - Fat16 I think - or unallocated...
/dev/sda3... - Linux Partitions including /swap / etc. - 20Gb
I'm trying to format the 60Gb /dev/sda2 in Linux as FAT32 so I can share data between Linux and XP... but it's not working.
mkdosfs /dev/sda2 -F 32
Yes. Don't do it with linux - unless you are sure of what you are doing.
I'm thinking that you have the same problem that I had when I wanted to make a FAT32 partition so that I could share music files between XP and Linux (mandriva/mandrake).
If you set it up with linux, it will almost definitely been seen as a "linux FAT32 partition" - which the unfeasibly fussy XP won't read. You need to ensure that you set it up as a "Windows FAT32 partition". Then windows will see it - but so will linux the former will only be seen by linux.
I didn't suss that one until after I'd meddled so much that I f****d up the partition table and nothing would boot at all and had to re-install the whole damned lot (a complete PITA for both OS's).
It was something to do with the partition type i.e. I just chopped a bit of one of my existing linux partitions and made that the FAT32 partition - whereas, I think that I should have completely reformatted it (I didn't) - I just had a look at the available list of partition types
to see if anything jogged my memory (it was a while ago and now I don't have any windows installed - I think that was why I "binned" it if I remember correctly).
The really stupid thing is that I could have done it properly as I did have a copy of Partition Magic 8 at the time - that would have worked, but I did it all with "cfdisk" in linux and the bloody XP just didn't want to see it.
Sorry if thats not much help - but it may give you an idea or two.
p.s. Erm, if you don't have a copy of something like PM8 I understand that this can be done using the ranish partition manager
which is freeware.