After I made my MacBook dual boot with Vista, I found that the files I save under OS X partition cannot be accessed under Vista. One solution is to install MacDrive under Vista, but it’s not free. It would be nice if I can create a FAT32 partition so that both OS X and Vista has read/write access to it. One new feature of Vista is shrink or extend volume(partition) on the fly. I tried to use that feature to create a FAT32 partition and it works flawlessly. Here is what I did.
- Click on Start button. Right click on Computer and select Manage to bring up Computer Management.
- In Computer Management console, click on Disk Management to select it.
- Right click on Volume (C:) and select Shrink Volume….
- Enter the amount you need. In this dialog, I entered 5120 MB.
- After a couple of minutes, you can see that a new unallocated partition is created at the end of the drive.
- Right click on this partition and select New Simple Volume… . Follow New Simple Volume Wizard to format this partition as FAT32.
- Wait for a few minutes and you are done.