Data partition sharing between Ubuntu & WinXP

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at
Thu May 24 14:48:50 UTC 2007

Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>> 	Software RAID mirroring and/or LVM won't work, since WinXP wouldn't be 
>> able to read the data.
> Are you sure you don't want to buy a hardware raid controller?  That
> could be worth it?

	If I had the cash, or someone that would give me a PATA & SATA RAID 
controller for free... ;)
	The Rosewill PATA controller I have supposedly has RAID, but it says I 
need to load Windows drivers to see the RAID drive. Sneaky suspicion 
that ain't real RAID. Plus, it doesn't have a SATA connector for the 
third 80GB drive in there...

>> 	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.
> There's always diff , but I'm sure there are better ways.

	I'm sure someone will chime in with a suggestion...

>> 	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?
> I don't think that will be a problem, unless the ext2 driver is bad.

	Same gamble as anything else...

>> 	Or there is the option of having ext3 on the main, and ntfs on the 
>> backup?
> That would work if you use rsync, but I really think hardware raid is a
> better choice.  If you go the rsync route, choose a Linux filesystem,
> and do all backing up and restoring from Linux (which has better
> recovery disks).


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