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View Poll Results: What file system do you use to share data between OSes.
One big FAT32 partition, I share big files only. 2 100.00%
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Old 09-23-2004, 09:46 AM   #1
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Question Best FS for sharing data between WinXP and Slackware.

I recently bought a new computer.

I am a Slackware fan since I remember (1997 I think ).

However I am also RPG fan (Diablo, Diablo 2, Baldur's gate 2, Neverwinter nights, etc. with all expansions). Naturaly I need a Windows XP (I used to run Win2k, but it's way too slow).

So I have a problem. I want Slackware, I need windows XP, and I want to SHARE the disk.

I put up 512M swap as /dev/hde1.
I put up 10G reiserfs as /dev/hde2 (Linux root).
I put up 10G NTFS as /dev/hde3 (WinXP install).
I put up 59G /dev/hde5 (on a Win32 extended) and I don't know what FS to use.

1. NTFS is read only - NOT GOOD.
2. EXT_X can not be used natively by XP - NOT GOOD.
3. Fat32 is rw in both OSes, and is almost OK, but... I have a 32K cluster, that means that my games of about a couple of thousand files will take up huge ammount of space (Normaly I will lose about 20K for every file on the disk ). NOT SO GOOD.
4. Split the disk into 6 10G Fat32 partitions, that will have a 16K cluster. This almost works, but requires quite some handling, and had led (I used this setup on my former computer) to having many half-full disks, and not having the space to rip a DVD . NOT GOOD.

So... Does anyone have any idea of what can be done? Any FS, that is both efficient and usable by XP and Linux? Suggestions?

I won't die if I don't find a better FS, but I would definitely like efficiency.


P.S. Man... Someone has to warn people that after recompiling the kernel alsa-drivers must be reinstalled... Got me one day to figure it out... What the heck does a package do in /lib/modules!!!
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