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Old 06-28-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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what are ntfs reliablilty issues with Linux?

Hi All,

I am still a newbie here, but I keep seeing mentioned the reliability, or lack of, using ntfs directories.

What are the issues?

I still have most of my data stored on ntfs because I am a newbie, and still use XP. The little I have used ntfs with Linux, I have had no issues at all. I can read and write fine using ntfsconfig. Are there issues with losing data? With reliability of files being corrupted after writing to ntfs?

It is not yet a big issue for me, just curious what I should be aware of.

Old 06-28-2007, 08:49 PM   #2
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When ntfs-3g was unstable there were concerns, now it is stable and claims to have no more issues. I've been using it for a few months, the only issue I have is with firefox/iceweasel where when downloading binaries into my ntfs data partition, the extension of the file is extended to ".rpm.rpm" or ".deb.deb". I use a handy command to address that and correct all files with this double extension thing. The other problem I've had was when I saved some web pages with "Web page Complete" and some of the flash ads could not be deleted either through Linux or Windows when deleting the web page.
EDIT: As long as you're running a kernel 2.6.20 and above which has the proper version of fuse which was the culprit causing some ntfs issues in previous kernels.

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The unsettling thing, to me, about NTFS and Linux is simply that the driver-support for this format has (afaik...) been reverse-engineered, not provided by Microsoft. I'm just not comfortable running critical data in such a situation.

I think that the wisest thing to do is to let each operating system use "it's own most-native format, whatever that is," for its information. When they need to share information on an ongoing operational basis, either use network sharing or find a common file-system format that both of them support. Remember that Windows also has "installable file system" (IFS) support...


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