Here's the use case: I dual boot Windows and Linux. There are heaps of files that I share between them (one example would be about 65GB of snaps). I therefore need a partition that at the very minimum:
Ideally, I'd like both OSes to be able to read and write to it. Obviously, this depends on how I format the partition. I'm currently using NTFS.
So, does anyone know of an alternative way of doing it? Speed is not a concern. Accessibility of the data is. Secondary to that is the best possible use of the available space.
Options I've already tried:
asked 09 May '10, 21:45
Your best bet is to stick to using NTFS. Most modern Linux desktop distributions I know of (such as Ubuntu for example), will automatically mount an NTFS partition when you access it through the Places menu for example. If you need something to auto-mount an NTFS drive on boot there are a number of utilities to GUI this for you. You can install this in Ubuntu for example by entering in terminal:
And then running it to help configure these drives for auto-mount by typing:
You cannot, unfortunately use ext3 or ext4 as Windows (even Windows 7) provides no support for these formats.
answered 10 May '10, 14:03
Are you running into problems with NTFS? I've done this for years just using NTFS and haven't had any problems. IMO just keep doing what you're doing.
answered 13 May '10, 14:22
If read-only access is OK fir you, there are also linux fs reader software available for windows. they do not mount the partition as a disk drive but allows you to browse the ext2(3,4) partition and copy files from there.
answered 13 May '10, 20:48
Linux Handles NTFS with ease - You might as well do it that way unless you can have a server you mount via SAMBA or preferably NFS.
Keeping it local to the machine itself in a dual boot environment pretty much means using the least common denominator for both systems - NTFS.
answered 15 May '10, 12:15