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Old 02-16-2006, 04:33 PM   #1
LostProphet
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NTFS vs Ext3 for Dual Boot Shared Drive


Hi,

I am planning on installing Umbuntu in a dual boot setup with Windows XP x64, my plan is to play games on x64 and do everything else in Umbuntu. As a part of this setup i want to have one shared drive that contains file used by both systems. My question is, which file system should i use for the shared drive? Really i am looking for the option that will give the best performance from both operating systems. The drive is SATA.

On another note, anyone know how Umbuntu will handle a AMD X2 4800+ (any dual core issues)?

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Old 02-16-2006, 04:35 PM   #2
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The drive should probably be FAT32 because linux can only read NTFS (write support is experimental) and XP can't read ext3 (without a third party module, and I'm not sure how well it works). Better to use the tried and true solution: FAT32...

On the athlon, here's a link which looks like they were running Gentoo with a 2.6.12 kernel: http://www.linuxhardware.org/article...46&mode=thread

Not sure if you need to download one of the special kernels from the Ubuntu repositories. I think the 64 bit kernels end in SMP or something like that...

Here's a generic package kernel-image-2.6.11-9-amd64-generic from the universe repositories. You should just be able to sudo apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.11-9-amd64-generic after updating your /etc/sources.list

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Old 02-16-2006, 04:39 PM   #3
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wow, thankyou for the amazingly fast responce.

I have always used NTFS as i got the impression this was faster for windows, although i could be completly misguided. For a drive that is used just for storgage do you think FAT32 will have be any slower? I use alot of software that is pretty disk intensive.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 04:52 PM   #4
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You'll probably experience some performance hit. But you can keep your Windows partition as NTFS and just the shared drive as FAT32. That's the only way I know to share files between linux and windows, unless you're willing to hose up an NTFS partition with the linux NTFS write support...
 
Old 02-16-2006, 04:54 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by LostProphet
Hi,

I am planning on installing Umbuntu in a dual boot setup with Windows XP x64, my plan is to play games on x64 and do everything else in Umbuntu. As a part of this setup i want to have one shared drive that contains file used by both systems. My question is, which file system should i use for the shared drive? Really i am looking for the option that will give the best performance from both operating systems. The drive is SATA.

On another note, anyone know how Umbuntu will handle a AMD X2 4800+ (any dual core issues)?

Regards
LostProphet
First, I suggest **Ubuntu**.......it usually far out-performs "Umbuntu".....

FAT32 is really the only choice if you want both OSes to be able to read and write. (There are add-ons to Windows to let you access EXT files, but I don' like adding parts.)
 
  


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