I have my Macbook Pro set up in the following (unconventional) way:
On my original internal drive, I have my OSX 10.8 system partition and a bootcamp system partition (win7 x64 Ultimate SP1)
On a secondary HDD installed in place of the optical bay, I have three partitions:
one for my mac data (mac os extended journaled). My home folder has been moved there, so this is the default place to write data for all well behaved software (that includes Scrivener ).
one for my PC data (NTFS)
one for media files
I use primarily scrivener mac, so my scrivener files are all in a drobox folder in my Mac Data partition on the secondary hdd.
There is also a dropbox folder on my PC data partition, but it’s separate to avoid conflicts so it syncs with the one on the Mac data partition without any issues.
If I start my Bootcamp parallels session when Scrivener Mac is not running, it starts fine.
If I start my Bootcamp parallels session when Scrivener Mac is running, startup of bootcamp takes ages and then it gives me an error saying it can’t access disk 2 (that’s my PC data partition allocated to the Bootcamp Parallel VM).
I initially had no idea why I would get this error seemingly randomly, so I just rebooted and started the VM from scratch, and that worked.
But recently I pinpointed the issue to Scrivener, which must be accessing some data when it starts that makes the partition where my PC data is located inaccessible.
If I quit Scrivener and start the VM, it loads absolutely fine. If I start Scrivener after the VM has started, it’s also fine, there is no conflict of any sort.
So it looks like while the Mac and PC data are on two separate partitions (on the same disk), the simple fact that Scrivener Mac is launched locks the whole disk for Parallels, which can’t access its data partition on launch.
I tried to authorise the only data directory which Scrivener Mac has to access in the dropbox folder on the Mac data partition, but that didn’t help.
Is this a bug, or is there an option I could use to make sure that Scrivener doesn’t lock the PC partition?