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Old 08-24-2005, 09:27 AM   #1
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file sharing in dual boot?

hi, i'm a noob to all this and i'm struggling at the first hurdle but if i don't try it, i'll never lean it!

I want to eventually run a dual boot system, XP & Linux (a fedora core 3 distro by the name of 'Blag') on my machine but to start im just gonna install linux on a slave and choose via the bios to keep things simple to start. if all goes well and i like it then ill look to reinstall and dual boot with Grub.

The first thing im unsure about is wether i can share multi-media between the 2 OS's? I have over 50GB of music (MP3 & FLAC), photos (mostly JPEG) and videos (various formats including 3Gp).

I plan on putting them all on a seperate partition to the OS's but need to know if i can play/view on each and can i also write to this when i want to add more?

Any advice!?
Old 08-24-2005, 10:55 AM   #2
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Ya, you can share files between windows and linux.
Both windows and linux can read from/write to FAT partition.
So you can create a new partition and format it as FAT in windows.
Then you will be able to see it as a new drive in windows, and mount it under linux.

p.s. This question has been asked millions time so you should be able to find several other posts about it.
Old 08-24-2005, 11:27 AM   #3
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As already said, you could easily share (read/write) files with windows if you have a FAT32 partition...

if all goes well and i like it then ill look to reinstall and dual boot with Grub.
You wouldn't have to reinstall your OS in order to install grub. You could just run grub program and tell it to install to the MBR whenever you feel comfortable with Linux.

Old 08-24-2005, 11:46 AM   #4
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if you are not planning to boot your system through lilo/grub then learn about "loadlin" ( search it on google.)
Old 08-24-2005, 12:22 PM   #5
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thanks for the quick response guys!

Think i'll part those drives now!


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