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Just got an external, and currently I have xp/ubuntu on my internal hard drive..I planned to keep all my multimedia (games, music, movies..) on the external. Which formatting would allow ...
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    Just got an external, and currently I have xp/ubuntu on my internal hard drive..I planned to keep all my multimedia (games, music, movies..) on the external. Which formatting would allow both xp and ubuntu to access/write on the external?

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    creating a FAT filesystem on external disk would be recommended.

    Though linux can also acess NTFS with some tweaking FAT would be better

    * FAT is reffered as VFAT in linux
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    FAT is indeed the preferred format. I know that Windows enforces a size limit when formatting a FAT partition, but Linux should not have that restriction.

    The other option would be to use ext3, as you can install a special program on Windows that allows it to access ext3 drives. It's up to you which one you want to use, though.

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    I prefer NTFS only. Its easy to enable NTFS write access using ntfs-3g package. There isn't any size restriction for NTFS partitions in Windows OSes.
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    Oh-- I didn't know there was a size restriction in windows for fat32. What is the size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tacgsm View Post
    Oh-- I didn't know there was a size restriction in windows for fat32. What is the size?
    File size limit is 4GB in fat32.
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