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Old 05-20-2004, 03:40 AM   #1
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linux sharing same HDD partition with win xp


I have one HDD partition (FAT32) and I wish to share the partition between Win XP and Linux Fedora Core. May I know how to do it?
Old 05-20-2004, 10:11 AM   #2
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If you mean "share a data partition", you simply have to mount it (with umask=0 option to allow writing).
Add a line similar to this to your /etc/fstab, if it isn't there already:
/dev/hda2 /mnt/data vfat rw,umask=000 0 0
Instead of /dev/hda2 enter the interested partition. Type fdisk -l as root to find out

If you want to install Fedora ON a fat32 partition, well, I highly discourage it: vfat has no owner/permission, your only chance is old umsdos filesystem, which is terribly slow. I'd either cut a partiotion for linux, or use a live-cd like knoppix (you can actually use a iso image as a fast cdrom)
Old 05-20-2004, 10:14 AM   #3
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I had installed FC 1, and am having win xp at the same time. I was thinking if it could be better if sometimes I can share some files between both OS. Thanks. Greatly appreciate your help.


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