> > I was aware that MacOS X could read MSDOS disks (that link is great,
> > thanks), but I'm pretty sure that the Macintosh OpenFirmware won't boot
> > from MSDOS formatted partitions.
> I think that the OP wants to use the drive as a file store and has no
> intention of booting from it. It does appear that FAT32 would be the best
> filesystem for his purpose, capable of read/write access by all of his
> OSs, unless MSFT files a patent violation lawsuit against him.
Yes, this is primarily a storage device to be moved around. Booting
from the device will not be a purpose for the device on any system.
The key here is transport of personal files and a poor mans personal
backup solution for data across all systems mentioned. I believe that
FAT32 is best.
> > Have you tried it and does it work (that was my point)?
> Sorry, no. I have never used any Apple hardware.
I'm pretty sure I'm safe with using the disk via USB or Firewire on
the Mac, and I know it will work with Linux and win2k, I think my last
battle is the Solaris (sparc) box. If anyone out there has mounted
multiple FAT32 partitions from a single device in Solaris (or a single
FAT32 partition since I doubt I'll need more than a few GB, not all
the partitions), then my dilemma is ended.
I guess I could just ftp the files from the sparc to the drive when it
connected to the PC or linux box, but that just feels wrong. :-)