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Old 02-23-2005, 03:44 AM   #16
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Originally posted by nonoitall
The shared FAT32 partition with a small NTFS partition just for the XP OS seemed a logical step to me too. I've already seen how Linux perceives different partitions, but am curious how XP will see its NTFS/FAT32 partitions. Am I right in guessing that they would just be treated like separate drives (each partition with its own designated letter)?
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If so, that brings me to the second question of how to set up user accounts on the FAT32 partition when the actual OS is on the NTFS partition. All the files that would need to be shared would be in the directories of the user accounts (typically "<drive letter>:\Documents and Settings\<username>",) so how would I set up XP so it could use accounts on the FAT32 partition (which is not the same partition that the OS is installed on)?
To my knowledge, you can't (at least I did not manage that yet). You can however 'move' MyDocuments to the FAT32 partition.
Disadvantage of FAT32 is the lack of a permission system. Every user can see the other users files.

As an alternative, you can consider the use of a memory-stick (usb-pen) that is accessible from both Windows and Linux.
In that case you can keep the NTFS in your HD and if you have to modify a file under Linux, read it from NTFS and write to memory stick. Under Windows, you can copy it back to the NTFS partition.
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I think I'll combine the two ideas and have XP and all its user accounts on an NTFS partition and have a small (around 1 GB) FAT32 partition just in case I'm working on something that I need to quickly transfer back and forth. Thanks for the ideas!


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