Share Your Data Across Multi-Booting Windows, Mac And Linux Computers
Advanced Users Only: Microsoft hegemony is over. We are beginning to see a more vibrant, diverse technology market (at both the consumer and enterprise level) that consists of various devices, operating systems (OSes) and use cases. People need to start getting more comfortable with managing different types of tech, and understanding how to share resources and promote good communication between disparate platforms. Whitson Gordon from Lifehacker has put together an excellent guide to get you started.
For one reason or another, there are users out there that want to have multiple OSes on a single hard drive. This can be accomplished by first partitioning the drive, which is a way to electronically divide and reorganize a hard drive into distinct sections. This act creates multiple logical storage units that enable a single physical hard drive to act like multiple disks.
Before each partition can be utilized, the OS needs to format it, i.e., to impose a file system that will enable it to read/write files to the disk. The problem is that each OS (i.e., Windows, Mac and Linux) does not use the same file system and might not be able to understand how to read/write to partitions with other formatting schemes.
With the right drivers and some provident planning, you can create a single hard disk that contains a partition dedicated to each of the three main OSes, and still be able to share data between them with impunity. Whitson breaks down his article into several sections, so you can jump to what you think is most relevant for your needs/interests, including:
- How to share drives between operating systems
- Accessing Mac and Linux drives in Windows
- Accessing Windows and Linux drives in Mac OS X
- Accessing Windows and Mac drives in Linux
- How to put your most important data in one location that each partition can access
This is a well-written, comprehensive piece that is worth archiving for future reference. Check it out after the link.