Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 01-13-2005, 06:53 AM   #1
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Leeds, UK
Distribution: FC1, FC2, Debian
Posts: 308

Rep: Reputation: 30
Question ADVICE NEEDED: Best filesystem to use on second HDD when dual-booting?

Hi all

I'm about to install a second drive (200GB) into my main machine. Once I've done that and backed-up I'm going to re-install XP and hopefully install Ubuntu linux as a dual-boot, to aid my migration to linux full-time.

Now my question - because I'm dual-booting, and all my files/music/movies/etc are on the 200GB drive, what would be the best file-format for the drive? I know FAT32 can be read and written to by both OSs, but its not as efficient as I'd like. I'd love to use ReiserFS, but I don't know whether XP'll be able to use it.

Can anybody offer advice?
Old 01-13-2005, 07:10 AM   #2
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Bristol, UK
Distribution: Debian Lenny, Gentoo (at work)
Posts: 388

Rep: Reputation: 32
XP won't read or write anything other than FAT32 or NTFS. So basically, if you want read / write access from both OSs, it has to be FAT32. I've heard that read / write support for NTFS in Linux is starting to appear, but I've also heard horror stories of totally trashed data.

Beyond that, I can't really help a lot.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
dual boot advice needed RRepster General 8 11-08-2005 02:27 PM
Partition Layout advice with dual-booting Elbaron Linux - Newbie 4 05-31-2004 03:55 AM
Advice (and some) Needed: Dual-HDD, Dual-Boot - Linux, WinXP elnomadkvn Linux - General 1 03-28-2004 10:11 AM
ext3 Filesystem & Dual-Booting? Darkstar274 Linux - Software 1 01-14-2004 04:20 PM
Dual Booting win2k and other help full advice subservant Linux - General 1 02-11-2003 04:22 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:36 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration