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Old 05-07-2008, 12:59 PM   #1
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Lightbulb NTFS file system on LVM???


Can a NTFS file system be created on a LVM?
 
Old 05-07-2008, 01:18 PM   #2
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More than Microsoft supports creating an LVM on Windows :-)

Yes, you can:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=146002

(But I'm not sure why you'd want to - it's probably *not* a good idea, either for performance, or for maintenance reasons.)

(You're much better off using Linux partition formats for Linux, Windows partition formats for Windows ... and simply cross-mounting or network-sharing the two, as needed)

IMHO .. PSM

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Old 05-07-2008, 01:56 PM   #3
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I understand the difficulty of maintaining them both. But I'm sick of Windows and have a huge amount of files on a NTFS file system. I've read a bunch about the difficulties moving files from one to the other. I figured if I can have the OS running Linux, and keep my data on the NTFS, I would be able to get away with it.
 
Old 05-07-2008, 03:03 PM   #4
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Well i have no *reason* to believe for a second that Windows can access LVM in any way whatsoever, so you'll have a windows filesystem which windows has no way at all to access... less than useless given the inherent undesirability of using NTFS under Linux in the first place.
 
Old 05-07-2008, 03:07 PM   #5
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I did have another thought on the whole matter also. Have the internal hard drive be EXT3, the external be NTFS, and use grsync to sync them both. Any dangers?
 
Old 05-07-2008, 03:28 PM   #6
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erm.... why??? why not just have a common vfat / ntfs partition? it's worked for many a year for millions of users.
 
Old 05-07-2008, 03:39 PM   #7
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I've read that linux ntfs support has gotten fairly decent. If I could format the logical volume as NTFS, I'd be set. The VG NTFS below is my test:

[root@localhost /]# lvdisplay
--- Logical volume ---
LV Name /dev/NTFS/NTFS
VG Name NTFS
LV UUID GR9GdX-k2GM-mrcz-hPuj-dpBh-yMKy-U5T3WH
LV Write Access read/write
LV Status available
# open 1
LV Size 149.05 GB
Current LE 38158
Segments 2
Allocation inherit
Read ahead sectors 0
Block device 253:2

--- Logical volume ---
LV Name /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
VG Name VolGroup00
LV UUID U3Xhzp-uga0-bfic-4saZ-7Gui-ChJq-fl2G8q
LV Write Access read/write
LV Status available
# open 1
LV Size 72.34 GB
Current LE 2315
Segments 1
Allocation inherit
Read ahead sectors 0
Block device 253:0

--- Logical volume ---
LV Name /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01
VG Name VolGroup00
LV UUID M2PYq2-en6w-ELLm-f53v-WKl2-5LHf-sNvEp4
LV Write Access read/write
LV Status available
# open 1
LV Size 1.94 GB
Current LE 62
Segments 1
Allocation inherit
Read ahead sectors 0
Block device 253:1

[root@localhost /]#

It's currently formatted ext3. I've tried finding how to make it ntfs via mkntfs, but haven't found a good example. Still googling....
 
Old 05-07-2008, 03:41 PM   #8
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LVM provides a block device withi which you can do as you would with any other block device. but again, Windows won't be able to access LVM, so that's not going to help you in any way at all.
 
Old 05-07-2008, 03:56 PM   #9
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Yup, your right. But I wouldn't have windows as an OS at all. From a OS stand point, I would be strictly linux. No windows involved. I would have one external hard drive formatted NTFS, a second LV formated NTFS, and a third OS drive formatted ext2/3. Windows would not exist. If I could, both of these drives would be ntfs with a completely seperate non-associated drive for the OS.

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Old 05-07-2008, 04:02 PM   #10
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erm... lost... is this a joke? seriously... is it?
 
Old 05-07-2008, 04:06 PM   #11
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um, no. It's not a joke! Why do you consider it as such?
 
Old 05-07-2008, 04:07 PM   #12
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well you appear to want to use NTFS without Windows, which is just pointless...
 
Old 05-07-2008, 08:55 PM   #13
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Ah, got your point. Is there any problem moving data from NTFS into ext3 without loosing file integrity? I seem to remember something like that, but it's been a while, and maybe techniques have improved.

"He's using Linux! Why NTFS?!?" hehe
 
  


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