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Old 03-30-2004, 09:13 AM   #16
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motub why did you install Linux?
Probably in the end my answers will be almost the same as yours.
With my needs I could still be on windows 98 or still using winamp 2 instead winamp 5, it would be less good but it would still work, so why upgrade to Windows XP or change to Linux? Because it is the human nature to want to have the latest and/or trying to improve things that aren't really broken.

I'm not installing Linux only to have a shine penquin, I think I will gain more control over my computer switching to Linux and learn more what is going on behind the GUI, also as I said previous I'm getting a server probably later this year that I will probably have linux on.

That doesn't mean you are wrong in your concerns and warnings, it will come times I will probably regret my decision, but no matter how things go I will probably learn one or two lessons at least. I have to use my head though so it won't be very costly lessons however.
 
Old 03-30-2004, 09:22 AM   #17
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You'll be fine, then-- it's just that so many people do install Linux on a "whim" these days, and it usually ends in grief, and that is so unneccessary.

I can see that you have already discovered that knowing why you're doing what you're doing makes you more alert and careful, so I'm sure you'll come out fine in the end.

I've been wondering though... maybe I'm spoiled by Partition Magic (which I hope you have), but can't you format that 250GB drive with a 4KB cluster size to minimize wastage? Or is that no longer an issue if you use NTFS for it?
 
Old 03-30-2004, 09:33 AM   #18
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I got partition magic yes, it makes the partition part much easier. 4k cluster is standard in NTFS, at least the latest version that windows xp are using.

I'm going to keep the 250gb as ntfs as the ntfs support in 2.6.3 kennel is quite stable?
 
Old 03-30-2004, 09:41 AM   #19
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So I've heard here... I don't use NTFS (Win 2K is installed to FAT32), because I'm still "old-school" from the 2.4 series kernels, where said support was not stable for most of my time using Linux until now, and NTFS just wasn't worth the trouble to me.

All I was thinking was that you can create FAT32 partitions with a 4k cluster size as well with PM, but NTFS will definitely be better for you under XP, so have at it .
 
Old 03-30-2004, 09:48 AM   #20
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Well haven't been using fat32 for years but I think the overhead would still be massive on a disk, as in my example, that have many large files and is quite big, a lot of GB would probably "disappear". So I will check if NTFS works, and if not well then I have to make a couple of partitions of the disk and converting one of them to fat32.
 
Old 03-30-2004, 10:32 AM   #21
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http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/part_FAT32.htm

Seems as fat32 change cluster size depending on how big the partition is.
 
Old 03-30-2004, 10:48 AM   #22
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Yes, it does, but in my experience with Partition Magic, you can tell the partition to be created with a different cluster size (although I've never tried this with a 250 GB partition).
 
Old 03-30-2004, 10:50 AM   #23
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Oh I have to look into that then
 
  


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