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    Question about formatting hard drives

    So I am looking to start using Ubuntu and have a question. I currently have four physical hard drives. Three of them are NTFS and currently being used in Windows and have lots of data on them. The fourth is a brand new 320gb drive. Ideally I would like to set up my system so that I can read/write to all four hard drives from both operating systems or at very least the 320gb. Does anybody have advice on the best way to go about this? Should I initially format the 320gb for windows, linux, or make partitions for both?

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    Linux Guru Juan Pablo's Avatar
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    Mar 2006
    The best way is formatting (if you want to) the whole 320 GB or less for Linux with ext3, then use a third party application (free) to write there from Windows. To write in the three NTFS hard drives from Linux, you can get ntfs-3g.
    Format it for Windows, just leave some unpartitioned space left for Linux, the installer will take care of creating a new partition and file system but don't forget to choose ext3

    ext3 for Windows
    ntfs-3g , NTFS for Linux
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