here. Just recently installed Fedora Core 1 as a part of a dual boot with XP.
The machine has two hard drives.
I was hoping that the second hard drive, which is 160GB, would be just one large FAT32 or EXT3 partition in which I could store the files that I want to share between FC1 and XP.
But between the two installations, my second drive has ended up looking like this:
The last partition, hdb7, is the largest. I have no clue what hdb1-hdb6 are from---I assume from the installations of both operating systems. But I'm having difficulty mounting it hdb7, so I'm thinking of reformatting, perhaps even re-partitioning.
So my questions are this:
1. Can I wipe out ALL of the partitions on the second hard drive, without any ill effects from my XP and my FC1, and repartition the space to be one big partition? (For both, the operating systems were installed on hda partitions).
2. Should I format it to be fat32 or ext3 if I want to share the drive? (I was planning on using the "Ext2 IFS" driver in XP to read and write to the EXT3 partition)
3. If fat32 is recommend, what is the best method for formatting a partition into fat32 so that both FC and XP can read and write to the drive (I've read on some other threads that XP doesn't always recognize a FAT32 partition that was formatted using FC---something about not having an ID or a label...)