Originally Posted by Xyberbat
After a motherboard change in my pc, I would like to dualboot Slackware 13 with WinXP.
In the old system, (dualboot Win2K-XP), I had "My Documents " on a separate disk, as it was used by both OS's.
In the new system, I would again like to share this between the 2 operating systems. (both clean install)
--> Is it possible to use the existing NTFS disk as the /home in Slackware?
For the Linux side, I am planning 4 partitions on 3 separate HD's:
hda containing root & /local in ext4
hdb containing /home (= the question; in NTFS)
hdc containing /swap
Thanks in advance for helping.
You can do what you ask
I would suggest having a folder on the NTFS partition called linuxhome or such, and then mounting that as your /home so it is nice and seperate from your windows files.
To have write support for NTFS in linux, you have to use a userspace driver, either NTFS3G or ntfsmount.
This won't matter too much, but you will have to make sure the driver is initilized and the partition mounted before any programs will need to access /home (in case you have any settings or such).
Otherwise, it should theoretically be fine.
Although I am not to sure how well unix permissions will be able to be stored, but if you are just keeping data then this shouldn't be much of an issue.
Another, perhaps better solution if possible is to grab an ext2 driver for windows. ext2 has not had to be reverse engineered in the way NTFS has, so there should be more of a gurantee of stability, although given that windows and ext versions are later than the ext2 drivers were designed for, I'm not to sure of that either.