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Old 05-15-2003, 06:43 PM   #1
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NTFS questions...

Greetings Everyone,
I've been investigating the possibility of having a dual operating system set-up with Linux and XP (which I currently have). My hard drive has a single volume formatted to NTFS which (based on most everything I've read about compatibility so far) seems to be a big liability with Linux. The SuSe website says reformatting to FAT32 with a fresh install of XP and then letting the automated installation/partitioning take over would be a good approach. Would this be a better way to go than sticking with NTFS?
Also, some sites state that Linux-based programs should never be used to create/resize NTFS partitions, but others state that such programs can be safe (I think QTPartition was mentioned as being ok). Any ideas?
All suggestions appreciated.
Old 05-15-2003, 09:38 PM   #2
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I would be very carefull with NTFS partition. Many linux utilities can now safely READ NTFS. But writing is a whole different thing. Keep in mind that NTFS is a file system build with security in mind.

It was made to prevent someone from booting from the floppy and being able to bypass all of the main OS safety (like you can do with FAT).

Next on, if the objective is to use windows as much as linux, I would let the windows partition as NTFS. It is a lot more efficient (and fast and secure) than FAT.
I would go with a 3 partions system.
1 = NTFS ( windows OS + windows APP)
2 = ext (Linux OS, /)
3 = FAT (all of the data you would like to share between linux and windows. You could mount this as /home)

Finally, about linux program being safe to work with NTFS. They might be but these utilities are a work in progress. So I would make a backup before trying anything.

Hope these few coments help you.
Old 05-15-2003, 09:40 PM   #3
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If it's really important to you to have access to your Windows drive from Linux then you should probably use FAT32. If you don't really care about your Windows partition while running Linux, then NTFS will work just fine.

As far as repartitioning a hard drive, I used Partition Magic 8.0. It just works.

Good Luck
Old 05-16-2003, 07:57 AM   #4
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I have XP and RH on one maching with a FAT32 part for sharing files on that particular computer. It is an easy option.

I followed a thread on another forum (sorry LQ) while a guy struggled for nearly a week trying to use several different NTFS resizers...he finially got it to work but I think he lost several pounds and got some gray hair in the seemed to be a LOT more trouble than it was worth. I use PM as well, although I have also seen quite a few posts in various forums on the horrors of using it as well (I have seen it referred to a Partition Tragic on more than one occasion)...but I had no trouble working with it. It is pretty straight forward, IF you are comfortable with computers at all you'll be fine. I picked up a copy on ebay for 13 bucks (U.S.)

Good Luck!
Old 05-16-2003, 08:44 AM   #5
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Apparently Mandrake and Redhat can both now resize NTFS partitions.
Old 05-16-2003, 11:33 AM   #6
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I use dual boot of Xp with NTFS and Linux (ext2) and it works fine for me. Linux can access windows files and open them just fine.
Old 05-16-2003, 02:41 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice guys.


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