Data partition sharing between Ubuntu & WinXP
james at gray.net.au
Mon May 28 16:27:46 UTC 2007
On 24/05/2007, at 3:59 AM, Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
> 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
Here's my experience with a shared ext2 partition using the EXT2 IFS
1. Neither Windows XP or Win2k3 Server "screwed" with the ext2 file
system in any unexpected ways.
2. I even ran complete VMware hosts from the ext2 partition, paused
them, rebooted, and restarted the VM in the other OS without loosing
a single byte.
3. Speed was comparable in all OS'es (and in all cases correspended
with expected results from the drive's specs).
4. The windows driver is mature and didn't cause any freaky BSOD's or
other weirdness (can't say the same for some anti-virus vendors!).
Long story short: sharing and ext2/3 partition on a multi-boot system
with Linux and Windows OS'es isn't a problem from a data integrity,
speed or reliability perspective. Keep in mind though, that the
security models for Windows and Linux are different and you will need
to think about how to work around that a little. In any case, shared
ext2/3 IMHO is far less effort or problem than sharing FAT32 or NTFS-3g.
Usual disclaimers apply - YYMV.
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