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Old 11-18-2002, 11:15 PM   #1
jolly_good2000
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HOW to create a FAT32 partition for file sharing between OSes?


HOW to create a FAT32 partition for file sharing between OSes?

I looked through archives, but I'm a newbie starting from scratch and couldn't figure out old posts.

I have a box that has Windows XP on one hard drive and SuSE Linux 8.1 on the other. I want to share files. Can someone tell me:

1. How to create the FAT32 partition
2. Do I do it while in Windows XP or Linux?
3. What else is involved so I can write files from either OS and read/write the files in the other OS (and vice versa)?

BTW, While using linux I do a "df" and see
/dev/hdb2
/windows/C on /dev/dha1
and shmfs on /dev/shm
I can cd to /windows/C and move around into My Documents but I can not create new files or directories because it is a read-only file system and I can not chmod it either. While using Windows, I have no way to see or cd to the linux hard drive.



cheers
scott

Last edited by jolly_good2000; 11-18-2002 at 11:34 PM.
 
Old 11-19-2002, 12:16 AM   #2
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You can use many programs out there, like partition magic, fdisk to setup the partition.. etc.

Are you trying to set this up on a partition already setup or will you be needing to split an existing.. splitting an existing I would recommend getting a software utility like partition magic or similiar.
 
Old 11-19-2002, 06:39 PM   #3
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Originally posted by trickykid
You can use many programs out there, like partition magic, fdisk to setup the partition.. etc.

Are you trying to set this up on a partition already setup or will you be needing to split an existing.. splitting an existing I would recommend getting a software utility like partition magic or similiar.
I used partion magic to switch Win2k over to fat32 from NTFS and it worked fine.
 
Old 11-19-2002, 07:54 PM   #4
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Just be aware that Linux takes a performance hit with a FAT32 file system.
 
Old 11-20-2002, 08:41 AM   #5
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Just be aware that Linux takes a performance hit with a FAT32 file system.
Well, yeah, if you actually try to run Linux on a FAT32 filesystem. What the topic is, though, is setting up a FAT32 filesystem for shared data files.

You can use windows fdisk to set up a partition to reallocate unallocated space, or a current Windoze partition, to FAT32 and then a Windoze format tool to establish the filesystem. If you have no empty space/partition, then use a partitioning tool to shrink your NTFS partition and reallocate that free space to FAT32.
 
Old 11-21-2002, 01:08 AM   #6
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Quick Info:

You can use
mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/hdxx to create FAT32 partition from Linux.

Iit will erase existing data in that partition.

Regards,
Valluvan.

Last edited by Valluvan; 11-21-2002 at 01:10 AM.
 
  


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