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Old 08-09-2005, 02:44 PM   #1
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FC3 and XP file sharing??

Ok, linux newbie here, please go easy on me. so i have a dual boot on my computer, running 2000 pro and FC3 with a grub boot loader. I want to set up file sharing between the two operating systems. I know that samba is part of this process, but how do i go about doing this. and would this be possible with my dual boot?? thanks for the advice
Old 08-09-2005, 02:57 PM   #2
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You only need samba if the two OS's are linux and windows on different machines, ie you are sharing files over a network.

If you have a dual boot system, and want to share, your success will depend on the file system types on the partitions you wish to share. Most 2000 installs are NTFS. Linux can read it, but writing requires more programs to work. As far as I know they are all experimental at this stage, unless you are very knowledgeable, I would not recommend it.

The best way to share is with a fat32 partition. Both systems can read and write to fat32 without difficulties. Windows can not read or write to most of the linux file systems, ie. ext2, ext3 etc.

So the best thing to do is create a partition and format it fat32. The position on the disk may matter. Windows will not be able to read the partition if you put it after your linux install. Linux won't care, it can go anywhere for linux.

If you scan this forum you will see lots of examples on how to mount a fat32 partition, and how to modify your fstab file so it mounts at boot time. Post back if you need further guidance on how to create the fat32 partition.
Old 08-09-2005, 05:49 PM   #3
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i think you should use PCQLinux 2004(or 2005) provided by pcquest. these distros are based on fedora core 1 & 3 and supports full access of ntfs and fat partitions.


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