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Partition and run Dual Operating Sytems Win & Mac on Firewire drive

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I have a firewire drive. I want to run Windows Xp and a Mac OS  i have tried to format then partition the drive this worked. i then had two drives in one. I could get it two work on my pc, however when i connected it to a mac computer it said i had to initialze the disk, so i did that and it now doesnt run on my pc. what steps do i take to get the hard drive to work on both systems. please be very detailed i am not an expert.
i hope some one can help me plz
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by:CrazyOne
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Well XP well not work on a MAC machine nor will as far as I know will MAC work on a machine that XP works on. I think what you really neeed to do is settle in on what type of machine you want then run...

Virtual PC
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/virtualpc/

VMware Workstation
www.vmware.com
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by:mixinem
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i have work that i want to do on both systems and i now this is possible so i want to get it working not settle on 1 system. thanx anyway crazyone
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by:CrazyOne
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I doubt very much that XP will work on MAC. I am not sure what you mean it you this is possible because I don't think XP wiil work on a MAC unless using a one of the virtual machine programs I mentioned
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by:CrazyOne
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And I doubt that a MAC OS including X will work on an XP machine.
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by:mixinem
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well whats a virtual machine program
i no it can be done i have used a drive that worked on both systems before i have heard all u need to do is partition the drive in windows then run it on mac and make a mac partition does that sound logical at all
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by:CrazyOne
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I don't think so. Please provide some kind of proof because MAC machines and Windows machines have never been able to run the others OS unless using a virtual machine. Please look at the links I posted to find our about virtual machines
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by:mixinem
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yeah im looking there now. i dont have proof and im not lying i goto tafe where they have a recording studio and a protools system. they have mac system and i no lots of studnets who have pc's and used there portable drives to save there files on then work on the music on there pc's.
in the software there is an option to save the file as pc friendly
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by:CrazyOne
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Ok that part I understand however the file systems are not compatible so being able to boot to them from on machine to another I don't really believe is possible using one disk. However I could be wrong I just never have known this to be possible.
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by:mixinem
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i think im not being clear. i dont think i need to have the os installed on the drive i just want it to be recognized by both operating systems. so i can save to the drive on mac and open the files on PC does that sound possible
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by:CrazyOne
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Not entirely. It is my understanding that file in MAC and XP have very different formats and one would need a third party utility to reconfigure the formats so they are readable by both.
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by:mixinem
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ok well i am going to give up those virtual machines are confusing i dont think there what i need im gonna just go to a mac specialist and see what they can do thanx 4 ur help
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by:CrazyOne
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Take a look at this just so you know what I mean :)

http://www.dataviz.com/products/conversionsplus/
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by:CrazyOne
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And this

http://www.accurapid.com/journal/mac_pc.htm
"In order to successfully transfer and convert electronic files between the Macintosh and DOS/Windows, some understanding of the difference between the Mac and PC file structures is necessary.
   PC files have a simple (“binary”) structure and can be stored on either PCs or Macs without losing any of their characteristics. If a PC document is transferred to a Mac, e.g. via modem, diskette, or network, the Mac will recognize its filename, creation date, and size without difficulty. In general, it will not recognize the program in which the document was created, but will show a generic icon or the icon of the application used for transferring the file. For the Mac, all PC documents, and even applications, look like a “text only” document and can usually be opened in a word processor, although what appears on the screen may be gibberish.
   Mac files have a more complex, “double-fork” or “Mac-binary”, structure. Each Mac file (except “text only” files) has a “data fork” and a “resource fork.” Most of the bytes in word processed or other documents can be found in the “data fork” of the file. The “resource fork” contains special instructions for the creator application or the computer’s operating system. Documents (but not applications) may have a zero-length resource fork. "
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Conversions Plus Lets Windows Users Work with Mac Files and Drives
http://lowendmac.com/mac2win/03/0430.html
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by:CyberQuad
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Here's what you need to eliminate partitioning and be able to run any OS on separate drives:

http://www.troykasys.com/products/combox/

-Brian (aka CyberQuad)
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