Sometimes the easiest path from Linux to Windows is via the Macintosh.
I’ve been building a new Linux box, my first in a few years. (More on that later.) Thanks to a complicated series of mistakes on my part, I wound up with a spare 40GB drive on which I’d already installed Linux. It seemed simple enough to put it in an enclosure and use it as a USB drive for my perpetually short of space Windows laptop. Windows detected the drive, and everything seemed fine, except that I couldn’t do anything at all with it. (When did Windows obliterate the disk admin tools it used to have in NT 4.0? [Corrected: Not obliterated, as noted in comments. Just buried.])
I was still reinstalling Linux on the other system, so I finally plugged the drive into my iMac to see what it could do. Sure enough, options for partitioning and formatting came right up. Five minutes later, the drive was in boring old FAT32, and now my laptop recognized it immediately as extra space.
Now I just need to figure out why my laptop insists on connecting all USB devices as 1.0, when it had perfectly good 2.0 support until last week. (It still says it has USB 2.0 in the Device Manager - it just doesn’t in practice.)
Have third party interventions helped you deal with contending operating systems?