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Old 04-03-2007, 06:05 AM   #1
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Partition Compatibility ~ Issue Addressed?


Dear All

With so many people making the transition from Windows to Linux operating systems, there are bound to be those who want to dip their toes in linux waters before making a complete dive.

For such as these (including the newbie here ) there will be the desire to maintain —and use— the old existing files whilst cautiously building up a new base, and in these cases the issue of the problem of linux writing to NTFS files will raise its head.

I understand that using FAT32 is fine for both (although also that it isn't as good as NTFS), but that the best for linux use is "Ext3" (a concept I never heard of until three days ago). As a total newcomer, I'd like to read about the ins-ands-outs, the pros-and-cons before deciding on a method to adopt and a distro to use.

Can anyone point me?

Apologies if this has already been covered elsewhere: I have scanned the boards and posts, without luck so far.

Regards,

John
 
Old 04-03-2007, 07:06 AM   #2
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unix operating systems need to* run on posix compliant filesystems, like ext3, reiserfs, jfs, xfs and many others. you can share data files between the two operating systems on fat32 but this is only for file storage, you wouldn't install linux onto fat32 itself. ntfs support is also supposedly as good as stable now, but i'd still never recommend trying to write to it under linux. so in terms of "methods" there aren't really a huge amount. you need linux file systems to run linux, and can share data with fat32 or ntfs.
 
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.... you wouldn't install linux onto fat32 itself. ntfs support is also supposedly as good as stable now, but i'd still never recommend trying to write to it under linux. so in terms of "methods" there aren't really a huge amount.
Ok, so presumably the installation will know which type of file-system to make? i.e. I don't need to "do" anything partition-wise prior to installing?

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you need linux file systems to run linux, and can share data with fat32 or ntfs.
.. so presumably OK to read and write on FAT32 with both windows and linux?
Forgive if I seem slow, it is a bit of a struggle trying to understand all this.
Thanks for your patience.
 
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the installer will know, yes. but in terms of creating space and reducing the sizes of existing fat32 and ntfs partitions, the installers abilities there tend to vary a lot between distro's. partitionmagic can always step in if need be.

yep read and write away till the cows come how.
 
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Thanks very much in explaining to this beginner.

John
 
  


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