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Hi. I am dual booting Xubuntu 7.10 with Windows XP and I was wondering what format of file system I should use for the media/transfering partition. I know they both ...
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- 11-23-2007 #1
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NTFS or FAT32
- 11-23-2007 #2
ntfs is a far better file system than fat 32 overall in Windows, but fat32 presents less challenges when using it to transfer files between Windows and Linux. With fat32, you should be alright as long as you are not storing important files to it, and only use it as a temporary "loading dock" between the two OS's.
An important word of caution: NEVER cut huge amounts of info from fat 32 to paste in Linux or ntfs. ALWAYS use copy and paste. After the files are transfered, and are safe in a ntfs or Linux partition, you can go back and delete the files from the fat32 partition. You can loose very important files in the twinkling of an eye transferring them to or from a fat32 partition using cut and paste. This from someone who found out the hard way...
- 11-23-2007 #3
If NTFS is so much better, why doesn't Linux adapt to use it?
- 11-23-2007 #4
Because ext3 is better still. And I suspect there are licensing issues. Although
there are some distros that now offer native read / write of NTFSWhat do we want?
When do we want 'em?
Doesn't really matter does it!?
The Fifth Continent
- 11-23-2007 #5
FAT32 also cant store files bigger then 4 Gigs if I recall correctly.
And, NTFS isnt that great. It supports Compression/Encryption. The problem with that is that resizing might be Dangerous.
If you want Compressiona dn Encryption why not pick Reiser4?
I normaly run ReiserFS on my home.
Ext3 on my root
and ext2 on my boot
but you dont really Notice it..
Anyhow, hope that informed you
- 11-23-2007 #6
According to NTFS-reszie developers, NTFS resizing is not dangerous at all. You dont have to defrag it before resizing. Partitioning and resizing tools take care of that.
I prefer NTFS only and Linux supports NTFS read/write access pretty well.
- 11-23-2007 #7
- 11-23-2007 #8
I dont trust Windows based packages and Partition Magic is one of the worst partition manager I have ever used. You should try Gprated or Parted Magic LiveCD.
- 11-23-2007 #9
I really liked Partition Magic before it became a Symantec Program.
Now I always use Parted Magic or fdisk.
And why you dont trust Windows Based Packages?
Well if its random Freeware Id download from somewere Id not trust it aswell,
But if I did pay for it I think I can trust it?
Ah, well NTFS is history now for me
- 11-23-2007 #10
Yea, GParted is pretty good. Going back to topic, zannemcaig, if you want to copy directly from your Windows XP NTFS partition here are the instructions:
*Enable the universe repository and install the ntfs-config package. See Installing Software.
*Click Applications → System Tools → NTFS Configuration Tool
*The upcoming tool will detect NTFS partitions on your system. Check each partition you wish to access, and, if you wish to, click the mount directory to change it. When finished, click Apply.
*On the next screen Enable write support for internal device will be selected by default. Click OK.
Your NTFS drive will be now be available in the mount point you selected.