jiml8 - Do you have any other recommendations on partition types for a partition that's shared between Linux and Windows? At the moment I'm running a couple of FAT32 partitions (120GB and 40GB) because they need to be shared with reliable write access. If there's a better option that FAT32 I'd be glad to know.
I run VMWare so I don't dual boot. I always boot Linux then run Windows in VMWare. This lets me configure my box as a LAN. I transfer files back and forth using Samba and I can mount/dismount any partition of any file type in either environment, just as you ordinarily do on a LAN. Actually, with VMWare, I can cut and paste from an application on one side of the system to an application on the other side of the system. It is very cool.
That said, it doesn't solve the problem of dual booting and accessing data from both sides. Before I ran VMWare, here is how I did it.
I kept a small FAT32 partition to use as scratchpad in order to move files I was working on back and forth. It turns out that there were very few things that I actually needed to work on on both sides, so I went another way most of the time and only used the FAT32 partition for things that I needed to write from both sides.
Generally, I would be writing the file on one side or the other and would only need to read it from the other side. Linux has long had read support for NTFS so I could easily mount an NTFS partition read-only and access the file I wanted to look at. If I actually had to change it then write it, then I would usually write it to the FAT32 partition.
From the windows side, I would run explore2fs to access the ext2/ext3 partitions. You can get that utility here:
I would do it the same way; read only.
It worked pretty well, wasn't particularly inconvenient, and it kept me from tying up a huge partition with that truly miserable FAT file system.