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I dual boot, in the process of installing Windows 7 & Fedora 13 on a new drive. Back in the day when it was risky for the newbie to read/write NTFS, I created a "shared" FAT32 partition. Even though the later Fedoras could read/write NTFS fresh out of the box, I have kept the "shared" partition for my important files (email, documents, digital camera pics).
Now that I'm installing Win7 and Fedora 13 on a new hard drive and I'm partitioning my disk, I'm scratching my head trying to decide how I should format this partition. I was considering the FAT32 again, but I'd like 50GB, not just 32. At the same time, I'm thinking of making the size sacrifice because, and maybe this is just carryover from the olden days and groundless, I have an irrational worry about using NTFS for my most important files.
Maybe someone could assuage my fears. Is it just as safe, at this point, for files to be on a NTFS partition and run under Fedora as they are under FAT32?
Buy an external hard drive, format it to FAT32 and store files to be shared/used with Windoze users. Partition your internal hard drive to ext4 and use only Linux. Encrypt your /home directory with LUKS (as Fedora allows)and put in a firewall for use when online.
Put external USB hard drive in a pocket and keep it with you at all times if it contains sensitive data.
There is no difference between the two as a security issue. NFTS would be more secure under MS only.
As to a shared folder it does present a security issue to some degree. Since we can assume the OP will be on the web there is much more worry about the web than and cross platform virus or malware that could exist.
Back in the day must be WinMe or less.
NTFS would be my suggestion but I'd use W7 to format it. There are slight changes in that version of NTFS.
Thanks a ton for all the answers, I greatly appreciate it. I'd rather not do the external drive cause if/when I take my laptop with me, it's easier to have fewer peripherals. Also I have one of those hardware encrypted drives, and I think it's not possible to have the same hardware encryption turned on if the drive is not being booted into.
I had tried Ext2Fsd a while back, and just couldn't get it to work. I guess I figure this method I used is a bit easier rather than needing to rely on Windows to work.
So I will do NTFS then for formatting, under Windows.
As a corralary, I remembered when I installed F9, there was an encryption option (for lack of a better description...). Would this encrypt just the Fedora partition, or all partitions on the disk (i.e., the shared partition, making it inaccessible under Win7)?
Thanks a ton again for all the quick and helpful info, I greatly appreciate it.