Good morning; I've set things up like this (but can easily modify if the solution calls for it) on a 500GB HDD:
Win7 Enterprise 64-bit, 80GB partition; this was installed and configured first, using the Win7 setup process to partition the drive into 80GB/380GB. RHEL 5.7, 240GB partition; this was partitioned with swap, /boot, and an LVM with /, /usr, /opt, and /home. VFAT partition, about 140GB; this is to be used as space to be shared between RHEL and Win7. This partition was setup during the RHEL installation.
On the VFAT partition, I have "full" permissions as root (or as other users, via sudo) from the RHEL side, I can read/write without any problems; and I can read/write without any problems on the Win7 side as an administrative user. But I use "full" loosely; on the RHEL side I can't change the ownership of the VFAT partition. On the Win7 side, I didn't see a "Security" tab for permissions management.
So my main question is, what's the problem? Also, should I have partitioned differently? Maybe used the Win7 setup process to create/format the VFAT partition? Maybe used NTFS at that point?
I found this on Serverfault:
Which filesystem would you use when you need to share data between linux and windows in dual-boot setup?
It's close to what I'm referring to, but I haven't been able to find an exact match. One "quick" note; an alternative I'm contemplating is ditching the VFAT partition idea and just creating a Samba share on another system, but I'm attempting to satisfy the request of the customer if at all possible. :-) Any assistance is greatly appreciated.