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Old 09-04-2004, 06:50 PM   #1
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Question Installing FAT32 drive for Dual-Boot

I'm running a dual-boot setup with SuSE Linux 9 and Windows XP. I want to install another hard drive with FAT32 for file swapping between OSes. What is the best program to use to format it with?

Also, if I format it under Windows what can I expect Linux to do afterward, likewise, what will Windows do if I install it under Linux? (In other words, what will the other OS do the first time it sees the formatted HD? I've never done this before.)

Old 09-04-2004, 07:14 PM   #2
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Re: Installing FAT32 drive for Dual-Boot

Originally posted by PlantPerson
What is the best program to use to format it with?
i recommend you format it using microsoft windows...

as for the behavior issue:

windows will see the drive right-away...

on linux you can either manually mount it to some directory whenever you need to use it, or you can edit your /etc/fstab file so that the drive gets mounted automatically every boot...

this example command (run as root) would mount a fat32 filesystem on the first partition of the primary slave disk to a directory named /mnt/win_shared:

mount -t vfat /dev/hdb1 /mnt/win_shared

(the /mnt/win_shared directory must exist before you run this...)

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Old 09-04-2004, 07:35 PM   #3
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You can use Linux if you only have Windows 2000/XP. Windows 2000/XP can only format partitions up to 32 GB with FAT32. Linux can format up to (I think) 2 TB. With Linux use fdisk or cfdisk to make a partiton and set the type of partition to b. Then use mkfs.


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