Originally Posted by PXT
I read that Snow Leopard allows Windows to see the Mac partition. How does the Mac filesystem appear within Windows? Is it similar to the way that the Windows files appear as a read-only disk on the desktop in Leopard?
I have a real need to process some of my Mac documents using full-on Office and currently am shunting files back and forth.
I haven't gone to Snow Leopard as I'm waiting for my nice friend to test the ScanSnap scanner for me.
Far as I know, Windows cannot read the OS X file system without the addition of software on the Windows side.
However OS X can read the Windows file system.
Question is, do you REALLY want insecure Windows to be able to read and change your OS X files?
I don't think permissions come into play because with Bootcamp, OS X isn't running. So if Windows could read the files on the OS X partition, it also could change it or infect it.
The OS X partition should be FileVaulted so it's totally encrypted on the drive. Unfortunately this makes it hard to clone, recover and repair the OS X partition if it fails to boot.
This is why I like using a VM product for other OS's (using the VM's snapshot feature to toss hosed OS's) instead of Bootcamp and just clone the whole boot drive (virtual machines and all) to a couple of externals.
With Bootcamp there are different file structures on two or more partitions, which each need their own cloning software to back up to multiple partitions on backup drives. Talk about a hassle!
Also Office, I assume, isn't all that performance demanding, I use Open Office instead. So really you only need performance with a Bootcamp install of Windows for games and other "full processor" demanding applications.
I run 4 operating systems at once on my MBP with 4 GB of RAM and a 7,200 RPM hard drive, no serious performance issues. This is with iTunes visuals running in XP, Vista and OS X at the same time.