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Old 03-24-2013, 01:49 AM   #1
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As safe to write NTFS as FAT32 at this point?


I remember years ago, probably around the early Fedora Core releases if not Red Hat, NTFS support was spotty and risked corruption, certainly at least compared to FAT32. Since I wanted the option to share files between OSes - i.e., documents, I stuck them on a FAT partition, and as such could access them from within Windows and Fedora.

I know a lot has changed, and as I sit here staring at my Windows 8 machine and preparing to partition my drive so I can install Fedora 18, I return to this question. At this point, are there any advantages to having FAT32 over NTFS - stability, reliability, speed? Since I've become more accustomed to having these files on their own partition for a while now, perhaps the better question is, are there any disadvantages to using FAT32 over NTFS specifically in a Linux environment?

I've considered moving these files to my Fedora file system, but want the flexibility to be able to access them in Windows without any difficulties or complications.

Thanks a ton for any insight!!

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Old 03-24-2013, 02:31 AM   #2
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ntfs-3g is solid - rock solid. The in-kernel support is still a little lacking.
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perhaps the better question is, are there any disadvantages to using FAT32 over NTFS specifically in a Linux environment?
Other than no security, appalling allocation, inability to handle large files ... ?
 
Old 03-24-2013, 02:56 AM   #3
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NTFS is way better than FAT32. check this Windows 8 Introduces New NTFS Health Model and chkdsk
 
Old 03-24-2013, 05:35 AM   #4
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I never had any major problems with writing to NTFS.
iirc, long ago, chkdsk would find and fix some minor errors after using ntfs-3g, but its probably solved by now.
 
Old 03-24-2013, 12:35 PM   #5
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Awesome, you guys rock. Thank you. I guess I was still stuck with a RH9 wariness of NTFS. I use Fedora about 99.9% of the time (I think I've booted into Windows like 5 times in the last 2 years, and it was because I needed to fix a program running under Wine), but I like to keep Windows there just "in case."

Again, thanks for the informed feedback!!
 
  


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