Data partition sharing between Ubuntu & WinXP

Greg Helton gt at
Thu May 24 04:26:28 UTC 2007

First off, what's with all the swap? That's just a waste of space, as
chances are with 1.5gb of RAM you won't ever be swapping anyways.

FAT32, I would stay away from for a data partition (esp of those large
sizes) as you can't have files larger than 4GB.

So basically, you're left with either ext2 or ntfs-3g. I don't have much
experience with either, but probably would go with ntfs-3g.

Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
> 	Looking for thoughts on this...
> I've got about 90GB of data I want to protect from loss/damage. I'll 
> have a machine that will dual boot Ubuntu & WinXP (maybe 2K?). Yes, I 
> will need Windows for some things.
> 	It'll have one 60GB drive (PATA) 2 PATA 80GB drives, and a 80GB SATA 
> drive. 1.5GB RAM.
> 	Initial thought is as follows:
> 80GB hda - 10GB Ubuntu, 10GB WinXP, 57GB Data1 (mounted as /home), 2GB swap
> 60GB hdc - 57GB Data1 backup copy, 2GB swap
> 80GB hde - 75GB Data2, 2GB swap
> 80GB sda - 75GB Data2 backup copy, 2GB swap
> (well, assuming the SATA drive gets marked as sda, but that's neither 
> here nor there...)
> 	Software RAID mirroring and/or LVM won't work, since WinXP wouldn't be 
> able to read the data.
> 	At first, I figured the data drive would all be Fat32 using rsync. I'd 
> also like to figure out a way to compare files, to see if maybe one got 
> corrupt.
> 	Then I though about using ext3 on the Data partitions, since there is a 
> utility for mounting ext3 drives in WinXP (as ext2). I'd be in Ubuntu 
> most of the time. But what about WinXP screwing with the ext3 filesystem?
> 	Then I saw that ntfs-3g is now in the Universe repo. So maybe I could 
> go that way, and not worry about XP whacking the files.
> 	Or there is the option of having ext3 on the main, and ntfs on the 
> backup? Or should I just forget it all and go with Fat32?

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