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Old 01-08-2009, 02:33 AM   #1
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Shared Windows/Linux fat32 Partition; hibernating led to lost data?


Last semester at college I decided that since I switch between Windows and Linux often, I would need to have a shared partition between Windows and Linux.
I also got hibernation working on linux, I remember typing a paper out and saving it to the shared partition (I had not yet gotten cups set up with my printer, no time) and rebooted into my hibernated Windows install.
I checked the D: drive in Windows, but it wasn't there. I rebooted and went into Linux, and it wasn't in the partition anymore.
Was this caused by some problem with linux, or did the hibernating between systems cause the paper to be lost, and if so, how can I remedy this problem?

Also, is there an alternative to fat32? The 4GB limit on files can be annoying when sharing video between the OS's and doing backups.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 04:08 AM   #2
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Last semester at college I decided that since I switch between Windows and Linux often, I would need to have a shared partition between Windows and Linux.
I also got hibernation working on linux, I remember typing a paper out and saving it to the shared partition (I had not yet gotten cups set up with my printer, no time) and rebooted into my hibernated Windows install.
I checked the D: drive in Windows, but it wasn't there. I rebooted and went into Linux, and it wasn't in the partition anymore.
Was this caused by some problem with linux, or did the hibernating between systems cause the paper to be lost, and if so, how can I remedy this problem?

Also, is there an alternative to fat32? The 4GB limit on files can be annoying when sharing video between the OS's and doing backups.
I can't answer for the first question but for this one:

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Also, is there an alternative to fat32? The 4GB limit on files can be annoying when sharing video between the OS's and doing backups.
You should really be using NTFS. Support for it is inbuilt on any moderm distribution and it is in stable state. I never heard of anyone losing data writing to a NTFS partition. The only place I see FAT32 useful these days is on mp3 players, mem cards and usb sticks.

Alternatively, you can use a ext2/ext3 partition to share data as well. Windows supports it fine too, just google for ext3 windows and you will find several ways to do that.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 04:31 AM   #3
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Was this caused by some problem with linux, or did the hibernating between systems cause the paper to be lost, and if so, how can I remedy this problem?
I doubt hibernation has anything to do with it. The problem must be elsewhere. The first thing you need to do is to make sure you are putting the contents in the right partition. To see if there's any fat partition mounted you could do

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mount | grep -i vfat
In a terminal. If there's any you should see the mount point, and that's where you need to put your shared stuff. But first I'd reformat with ntfs or ext3, of course make sure there's nothing valuable inside before reformating.

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Also, is there an alternative to fat32? The 4GB limit on files can be annoying when sharing video between the OS's and doing backups.
As Mega Man X very well said, you can use either NTFS or ext3. Most distros do NTFS by default nowadays (but depending on the distro you might need to configure something). If you choose ext3, then you'll need to install an ext3 driver on windows. There are many, google is your friend here.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 12:33 PM   #4
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Allright, I guess I'll look into that then, I once did try to use an ext2 partition, but Windows for some reason, even with the driver installed, refused to see it, and then I heard a warning that if you edit a ext2 partition when another hibernated OS was using it, it would cause errors with the access times, I just thought perhaps the same thing was happening here. Guess it must just have not done a sync before shutting down.
Thank you for your help with this, I really appreciate it.
~Romanus
 
  


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