Are you currently using FS-Driver
to read/write to an ext3 partition?
Have you done this for any extended period of time? Have you survived a crash, or lost data? What about performance?
I've searched several forums but have not found posts that comment on the performance or reliability of this driver. Most posts just say this 'exists', but little else.
I have a dual-boot, dual HD, WinXP and Ubuntu system and wish to have a -big- partition where I can store large temporary files generated by either OS, so FAT32 will not work.
For WinXP, I have a periodic backup application that makes huge compressed images of critical information in my main Hard Disk to the 2nd Hard Drive. I also save huge video capture files. I eventually delete video captures, but only after I'm done editing and burning to DVD.
Over in Ubuntu Linux, I'm regularly downloading stuff, including DVD ISO images of distros and what have you, which are >4Gb. As long as I don't need the space for something else, I leave these downloaded files on my HD to share over BitTorrent. If both XP and Ubuntu have access to these, then it's possible to setup BitTorrent such that the same file can be shared when either OS is running.
On the positive side, formatting this partition as ext3 and installing the FS-Driver for WindowsXP access allows me the flexibility to reallocate this space as I please without having to mess with resizing two separate partitions (i.e. if the HD backup application runs out of space, I'll just delete some of the Linux downloads to make room...if I'm running Linux and run out of space I can just delete stuff to make room).
The potential gotcha I see is I'll be relying on FS-Driver to backup critical data onto an ext3 partition. I don't want to find out this was a bad idea after a system crash. Also, video editing and playback is speed-sensitive, so I'm concerned about the FS-Driver adding a speed penalty to hard drive throughput.
Thanks in advance for your inputs!