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2 Operating Systems, 1 user folder.

Posted 07-16-2009 at 11:36 AM by Seph64

I normally have 2 User Folders. 1 for Windows and 1 for Linux.

Usually this is because I have a nicely sized partition for Linux (50GB - 100GB on a 200GB drive for instance). But due to circumstances earlier mentioned in my previous blogs, and partly to do with my laziness, and also due to my inquisitive nature, I've decided to give my Linux partition a small piece of the pie on this drive. About 18 GB, quite inadequate for the kinds of files I download have the user folder to be on the same partition.

So I was wondering, "How would Linux perform if I made my user folder in Windows the same for my Linux user folder?"

Turns out it works well, with NTFS3G. Windows still runs, and now I only have one user folder to backup just in case the drive dies (hypothetically speaking of course).

Since I am running Windows 7, my Win User Directory is: C:\Users\Seph64.

So the entry in my /etc/fstab is like this:

/dev/sda5             /windows ntfs3g 0 0
/windows/Users/Seph64 /home/seph64 bind 0 0
That's probably not the correct entry, but something like that.

I would like to ask a question of you all, have you done this? Having both systems share the same folder for User settings/documents? And how stable was it? Did you notice any drop in performance what so ever?

Thanks for your time,
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