Newbie - multi-OS drive sharing trouble
Sorry if the following seem very obvious - I am a total newbie! I am running a triple boot system (2 x Windows XP, 1 x SuSE 9.2). My 2 hard drives are partitioned as follows:
Hard Disk 1
1 - Windows OS1 (primary)
2 - Windows OS2 (primary)
3 - Linux swap drive (logical)
4 - SuSE Linux 9.2 OS (logical)
5 - general data partition (logical)
all partitions FAT32
Hard Disk 2
1 - general data drive (NTFS)
I've managed to set up the multi-boot fine, using Boot Magic as my boot loader. The problems I am having are:
1. I added partition 5 on Disk 1 AFTER I had installed all the OSs. I used Partition Magic in Windows to create it. The two Windows OSs can see it fine. SuSE however does not see it at all. How do I get SuSE to see it? I am wanting it to be a shared data drive between all my OSs.
2. In SuSE I am having big trouble writing files to either of the Windows OS drives. This is a big problem because ultimately I want to set up Thunderbird to share my email between Windows OS1 and SuSE. How do I enable SuSE to write to these drives? Will I have the same problem writing to my shared data drive once I have enabled SuSE to see it?
3. I am also unable to write to Hard Disk 2 from Linux, it's read-only. I know this is because it is NTFS. Is there any way of converting an NTFS partition to FAT32 without losing all the data?
4. On an unrelated topic, I am having trouble installing new software in Linux. I have been trying to install the CrossOver 3.1 demo (hopefully to use iTunes in Linux). I downloaded the installer file OK, and have just about worked out how to run it from a terminal (intuitive - NOT). However, I keep getting 'permission denied' messages when I run it.
I am wondering whether the initial SuSE setup has a lot of restrictions as to what you can and can't write to and whether this is the source of my problems. Hope you can all help - I'm liking this Linux thing but I have to say it's not an easy system for a newbie! Any advice in real basic 'open menu x...click on button y'-style would be so appreciated