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Old 03-31-2004, 09:43 AM   #1
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Storage Partition Filesystem question for Dual boot Slackware and Windows XP

Hi, im going to format my hard drives to reinstall Slackware and Windows XP.
I have an 80 gig HDD and a 120 gig HDD.
Im thinking of splitting the 80 in half so Windows and Slackware get 40 each (including swap), and then having the 120 for storage of all their games, apps, etc.
What filesystem do you recommend I should use for the storage partition?
Should I use fat32 so both can write, or is there a way to get Windows to access resierfs or etc3, etc. Which is safer for storage, and is still fast so I can play games from XP?
Would somebody be able to help me with this, or give me some idea on what I should do.

Thanks a lot for any help.
Old 03-31-2004, 09:55 AM   #2
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Definitely use fat32 for the storage drive; fat32 is the only filesystem they both can use. NTFS would be fine for the XP drive, but then you wouldn't be able to make any changes to any files on that partition while in Slackware. fat32 would fix that. Slackware, of course, would best be served by reiserfs. And for amounts, you'd be fine giving Slack only 5-10 GB (it really does take a lot to use even all of this). WinXP loves to gobble as much hard drive space and you can give it; the extra 30 GB for Slack would go to waste (unless you plan on running a server. Then logs and stuff can fill up a lot of space).
Old 03-31-2004, 08:00 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply
One quick questions, can Linux read fat32 as fast as it would resier or another native filesystem? And is fat32 very safe in the area of files becoming corrupted?

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Old 03-31-2004, 08:05 PM   #4
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I have randomly lost fat32 files before under Linux. It's only happened once (that I know for sure of), but I've suspected it has happened before. Just a warning. Keep backups of important things on more secure filesystems.

EDIT: Oh, and fat32 is a very simple FS. As far as I know (barring fragmentation issues inherent in the design) Linux reads fat32 very fast.

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Old 03-31-2004, 08:14 PM   #5
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Cool, thanks.
The files im worried about would be just linux isos, I just wouldn't like to burn them one day and find that a file is corrupt in them.
Well, looks like fat32 it is


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