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    multi boot questions


    I am getting a new hard drive and am planning to use it as my boot drive. I will move my existing xp and suse installations to this drive. Now that i have lots of space, i also plan to install and play with with debian and maybe fedora and or win 7.

    Q#1: Currently I am using a fat32 partion as a share between windows and suse. I recently had a problem with the 4gb file size limit on fat32. Now I wonder if it would be safe to use ext2 or ext3 as a share, using the installable etcfs in windows. I suppose i could also use ntfs, it seems very stable now. I hope to move completly away from windows in time, so i dont really want to use fat32 or ntfs. -What do you recommend?

    Q#2: If i do install 2 or 3 different linux distributions, should i install the first ones without installing grub and then install grub with the last one? or should i install grub with each, or with none and install grub when finished with all?

    any other advice is wellcome and apreciated.



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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    To share files between Windoze and Linux, use an NTFS partition. Linux can handle that just fine, but ext2/ext3 support on Windoze is limited.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Trusted Penguin Dapper Dan's Avatar
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    I agree with Rubberman. For transferring large files DO NOT use fat32 as your files can simply disappear into thin air! NTFS is a much better option when you have support for it.

    When using two or more distros I always stick with the first Linux install's boot loader. Then, it's a simple matter of just telling it where to boot from on subsequent Linux installs.
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