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Old 06-01-2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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Using Ubuntu serving for windows - File system dilemma

Hello, I would like to use my ubuntu computer (2.2GHz Dual core Sempron, 2GB DDR2 RAM and a 500GB HDD) as a personal server, almost like a networked external HDD. I assume this means I need a file system that will work with both windows and Linux, ie: NTFS windows only ext2 & 3 linux only. I have been told that FAT32 is only going to work is my HDD is under 160GB. Can you confirm or deny this? Also I use a separate 80GB PATA HDD for the ubuntu installation, the 500GB is the one I need to be accessible under both windows and linux. If anyone can help that's great, also if you can think of any potential problems I may come across yell out.


Decided to go with FAT32, still want you opinions tho!! Also how do I set the HDDs permissions so that any computer plugged into it will have unrestricted access to the drive but no access to the 80GB HDD.

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Its not clear if you mean you want to dual boot Ms and Linux & have them share data, or use your Linux system as a server and connect from MS over your lan?

In the former case you can use NTFS or ext3; both OSes have the ability, via utils to read/write either.
In the latter case, the 2 most likely tools are Samba or NFS; your choice.


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