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Old 01-10-2017, 08:18 AM   #1
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Mounting vs Bind Mounting:quick Question.

Ok my set up is two hdd's one laptop. sda is deadecated to two Linux OS's and home/user

sdb got three partitions win rescue, win10, extra NTFS formatted space
Device     Boot     Start        End    Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1  *         2048     718847     716800   350M  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb2          718848  205518847  204800000  97.7G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
this 3rd partition is to be used as shared space between Linux ~ Windows.
/dev/sdb3       205518848 1465143295 1259624448 600.7G  7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
Can I just do a striaght forward mount that partition into my /home/user/Downloads Directory, or does it have to be a bind mount to get that extra space into /home/user/Downloads ?

/dev/sdb3 /home/user/downloads ntfs-3g defaults 0 0
/dev/sdb3 /media/storage ntfs-3g defaults 0 0 
/media/storage  /home/user/downloads none bind

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Old 01-10-2017, 02:29 PM   #2
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Should be able to mount it either way you want. I don't know the technical differences between regular and bind mounting. just know that the most direct path is usually the best option. don't overcomplicate a simple mount by mounting it twice.

I've been using linux for 4 years now give or take, and a few weeks ago when I got a usb 3.0 storage drive for my server was the first time I ever used bind mounting, and then only because of existing database storage paths for my kodi media center stuff.

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