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Old 01-13-2005, 06:53 AM   #1
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Question ADVICE NEEDED: Best filesystem to use on second HDD when dual-booting?

Hi all

I'm about to install a second drive (200GB) into my main machine. Once I've done that and backed-up I'm going to re-install XP and hopefully install Ubuntu linux as a dual-boot, to aid my migration to linux full-time.

Now my question - because I'm dual-booting, and all my files/music/movies/etc are on the 200GB drive, what would be the best file-format for the drive? I know FAT32 can be read and written to by both OSs, but its not as efficient as I'd like. I'd love to use ReiserFS, but I don't know whether XP'll be able to use it.

Can anybody offer advice?
Old 01-13-2005, 07:10 AM   #2
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XP won't read or write anything other than FAT32 or NTFS. So basically, if you want read / write access from both OSs, it has to be FAT32. I've heard that read / write support for NTFS in Linux is starting to appear, but I've also heard horror stories of totally trashed data.

Beyond that, I can't really help a lot.


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