Data partition sharing between Ubuntu & WinXP

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at
Tue May 29 13:26:32 UTC 2007

James Gray wrote:
> 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 filesystem?
> Here's my experience with a shared ext2 partition using the EXT2 IFS 
> driver (
> 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.

	Thanks for your reply. Looks like the way to go is ext3 on all data 

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