[ALUG] Dual Boot & Partition For Files

Simon Royal mrsimonroyal at gmail.com
Mon Dec 13 21:15:49 GMT 2010


I am intending on using Ubuntu as my main, but would like the option to switch distros if I fancied it, and would prefer not to have my files tied in with my os partition.

Would like to try Mint and Mint LXDE on it too. Also I used the mac-fuse 3g drives for ntfs and it is very ropey and unstable in osx.

Out of the box, native reading sounds good to me. I am not a fan of ntfs. I can see the plus side on large drives, but I am only using a 60gb drive.


----- Original Message -----
From:Simon Elliott
To:Anglian Linux User Group
Subject:Re: [ALUG] Dual Boot & Partition For Files

On 13 December 2010 10:24, Simon Royal <mrsimonroyal at gmail.com> wrote:
> [snip snip]
> Am I correct in thinking to have read/write from both Ubuntu and XP the 'files' partition would need to be FAT32 and not NTFS?

This was the case a few years back but Ubuntu supports read/write to
NTFS with the 3G fuse drivers.

 sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

will sort that out.

Similarly, there's a freebie app for Windows that allows it to read
ext3.  http://www.fs-driver.org/faq.html#acc_ext3

If you're going the whole hog, using the Ubuntu install as your "main"
OS on the laptop, I'd go for a small partition for XP, leave the rest
of the space to Ubuntu and access the files in /home/user on Windows
using the above app.


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