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After running Knoppix a while, I've decided I'm ready for a full blown install, and so I've chose SuSE 10.
As Linux appears most compatible with my laptop, I've decided to dual boot it, along with XP Pro (need it for work).
There is extensive information on the install and its use (for which I'm thankful).
Having said that, there is one issue I've not seen/found addressed as yet.
I thought it a good idea (and a wise use of limited space) to combine the shared partition with the Windows My Document folder (on all my installs, I have My Docs on its own partition). However, I'm aware that htough Linux reads ntfs without issue, it isn't as strong writing to it. I was going to format/partition the 37GB drive as follows ...
8gb XP Pro - ntfs (kept small for imaging)
10gb Programs - ntfs
8gb My Documents (windows folder) - vfat
11gb SuSE (1gb swap and 10 for linux).
I've done some research on ntfs for linux, but, am unsure of that.
So, the questions are...
1) that setup suitable for my needs?
2) is vfat limited in partition sise as is fat32?
I share my data with a hardly-used windows install via a FAT32. I always create a fat32 using Linux and Windows has never had a problem recognizing it. My current FAT32 partitions are 120GB on windows disc and 200 GB on external usb disk (for backup). No problems there.
So, it appears you have a 30 gig hard drive. Since you seem to be pretty organized about the plan, maybe you could spring for at least a 50 gig drive unless you really don't ever expect to need the space for data. My laptop has a 100 gig drive 45 for Windows including a 30 gig Fat32 partition used by both OSs.
I think you could get by with a little less ntfs on your partition. My 15 gig Windows (ntfs) OS partition includes the WinXP Home Edition, MS Office Pro, and probably 10 or 12 other programs. It is currently actually using about 8 gigs total. I'm not sure how much is OS and how much is applications.