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Old 04-06-2016, 01:54 PM   #1
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Can a non bootable drive contain partitions using different OS's?


Hopefully this question is not too simplistic to ask.

I have a linux system and I have Win7 system (not dual boot). I also have a wireless router currently running OpenWrt which is linux based.

My quest is to use the router as a server on which I can backup files from either my Windows system or my Linux system. I wonder if I could partition a single non bootable drive, attached to the router, to have a NTFS partition AND an ext4 partition, and then access the proper partition to backup files from the matching operating system. Would this require two separate drives?

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The local filesystem on the router does not have to be one that would be mountable on the matching OS. You are going to serve them as network filesystems, either CIFS or NFS, which somewhat hides the underlying filesystem. If you make one filesystem and serve it as CIFS with Samba, you can mount it on both Windows and Linux simultaneously and be able to share storage between the two.
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In addition, you need to be running a DD-WRT version that has USB support and the drive needs to be either ext2/3 or FAT32. As stated the router is doing the actual writing to the drive and not the client. If you are not going to attach the drive to a windows computer using a native linux filesystem is preferable.


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