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Old 09-26-2005, 04:40 PM   #1
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Linux made HD ext3...trying to get it back to FAT32...


Hello everyone.

I successfully installed Linux/MEPIS on my Secondary computer - it's on its own hard-drive/physical-partition; dual-boot configuration with Windows ME - and everything seems to be working OK (except for wireless networking, but that's another ball of yarn). However, Mepis formatted my drive as ext3 (I think...I know it's extsomething). I tried to pay close attention during the install, but I didn't see anything that asked me how I wanted my MEPIS partition formatted...it just asked me if I did. Now, that drive is "invisible" to Windows ME.

I've tried looking in MEPIS' version of control panel and all that for a file format conversion utility to change it to FAT32, but so far, no luck. Can someone tell me exactly where to look (if such a tool exists)? If it doesn't, does this mean I'll have to...<groan>...reformat my hard drive (probably using DOS' FDISK, since windows ME can't see it) and reinstall MEPIS from scratch?

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Old 09-26-2005, 04:46 PM   #2
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The main Linux partition can't be FAT (it doesn't have permissions and lots of stuff). You can set aside another partition as FAT if you like. You can access ext2/ext3 from Windows ME with programs like Explore2fs and others.
 
Old 09-26-2005, 10:20 PM   #3
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The main Linux partition can't be FAT (it doesn't have permissions and lots of stuff). You can set aside another partition as FAT if you like. You can access ext2/ext3 from Windows ME with programs like Explore2fs and others.
Hmmmm...I think I see.

So if I'm on a network, and I want to store any sort of data that's accessible to a Windows machine on the network, I need to store it on one of my FAT 32 drives. But does that mean I sacrifice security?
 
Old 09-26-2005, 10:36 PM   #4
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linux can read / write to a FAT32 partition and IMHO is the easiest method to share files between windows and linux on a duel boot PC.

However, when sharing files across the network it does not matter what the filesystem is on either PC. i.e a windows PC is able to store data on an linux filesystem and vice versa.

To share files and printers between linux and windows you need to install samba
www.samba.org.

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Old 09-27-2005, 12:04 PM   #5
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linux can read / write to a FAT32 partition and IMHO is the easiest method to share files between windows and linux on a duel boot PC.

However, when sharing files across the network it does not matter what the filesystem is on either PC. i.e a windows PC is able to store data on an linux filesystem and vice versa.

To share files and printers between linux and windows you need to install samba
www.samba.org.

OK...but since linux can read/write to a FAT32 partition, is there any reason why linux's main/system partition really can't be FAT32?

Also: since the dual boot computer I have now can't see the Linux drive when it's running Windows (since ext3 is incompatible), won't that also mean that other Windows computers on the network will be unable to see that drive as well (unless I get the specific software people are mentioning to enable that)?
 
Old 09-27-2005, 12:12 PM   #6
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"So if I'm on a network, and I want to store any sort of data that's accessible to a Windows machine on the network, I need to store it on one of my FAT 32 drives. But does that mean I sacrifice security?"

Yes, FAT 32 has no flexibility on permissions so you will have potential security problems.

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Old 09-27-2005, 01:15 PM   #7
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Also: since the dual boot computer I have now can't see the Linux drive when it's running Windows (since ext3 is incompatible), won't that also mean that other Windows computers on the network will be unable to see that drive as well (unless I get the specific software people are mentioning to enable that)?
Without samba windows PCs will not be able to "see" i.e. via network neighborhood any resources on linux no matter if it is ext3 or FAT32.

To complicate the issue there are other methods to share files other then SMB/CIFS (samba) like FTP, SSH/SCP.

There are lots reasons why you do not want your main i.e. / partition to not be FAT32. As stated before FAT32 does not have permissions required by the linux OS. Some secondary reasons. Your limited to a 4GB maximum file size and a FAT32 partition is easily corrupted.

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