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Old 11-11-2006, 11:56 PM   #1
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NTFS or FAT32 for linux??

I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro with XP Pro for OS. Just bought a Western Digital Portable Hard Drive (60 Gig)to install Fedora Core 5 but it is formatted FAT32, and the laptop is formatted NTFS. Do I need to format the portable hd to NTFS or will it work like it is?? Thanks for the help.
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Linux uses its own file systems (i.e. not NTFS or FAT 32). Edit: this thread may help you a little.

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for linux u need Ex3 or rainfer(something like that, dont remember the spelling now)
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Ext3 and ReiserFS are what you're thinking of.
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There are some linux distributions that will install on Fat32. I believe that Dragon Linux was one of them (currently dead, according to their website). Fedora generally wants ext3 or reiserFS, like the others are saying.
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Easy to partition with Fedora

You will be able to format with any of the Linux options given to you with Fedora. The installer Fedora uses is very good and will make partitioning the portable drive easy.
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The reasons why you usually don't/can't use FAT nor NTFS for Linux are:

1) FAT doesn't support permissions the way Linux would like to (you'll see this if you copy stuff from Linux to a FAT-partition, you'll probably get errors that permissions couldn't be set)

2) Linux NTFS support is bad; you can read XP's version of NTFS well (at least I have encountered no problems so far), but writing to such an NTFS partition is a pain. There are some tools, but generally they have pretty small success percentage (i.e. not all writes/deletes etc. work, part of them will fail). As Vista represents a new version of NTFS (I think it does), this will change from bad to worse I guess, at least for some time.

In addition the filesystems Linux likes to use (ext..ext3, reiserfs, and others) provide such functionality Windows' filesystems can't offer. FAT is great for removable media like USB mass storage disks since it can be read from (and written to) by many operating systems (if not all), but for installing a whole system (securily) it's not that good a choice.


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