Data partition sharing between Ubuntu & WinXP

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at
Thu May 24 14:38:58 UTC 2007

Greg Helton wrote:
> 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.

	True, but I figured it couldn't hurt. IIRC, Linux needs at least one 
swap partition. This way, if one of those 3 disks dies, I still have my 
swap. Not to mention that 1.5 GB is a small amount on each of those.

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

I won't be dealing with files that big, so that would not be an issue. 
Would there be any other issues with Fat32?

> 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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