I want to finally move completely from Windows to Linux (no more Vmware!!!) but I have one issue: long filenames on FAT32 partitions. I tried this once before (a few years, and many gigabytes of data, ago), and the files that resided on a FAT32-formatted partition were renamed with the DOS 8.3 format. I was dual booting XP and Mandrake when this occurred. I have no idea why it happened, but if it happens again I would be screwed. Recovering the real file names of 30 Simpsons episodes by watching them was fun, but I don't want to do it again with 10 times as many files (SIMPSO~1.mpg .. SIMPSO~30.mpg
I will have a 6gb drive as primary master, with all the linux partitions residing on it, with 2 FAT32 drives (40 and 60gb) holding the majority of my data (mainly .mp3s and CSI eps). I figure that I'll mount these drives as -t msdos.
Does anyone know
a) why this might have happened in the first place, and
b) how I can prevent it from happening on the new install?
I'll need to both read from and write to these drives, extensively.
Also, would I have any issues with XMMS or whatever reading .mp3s from a FAT32-formatted drive?
I want to get rid of Windows asap; I only keep it around for Civ3 anyway and I'm about to beat it for the umpteenth time....