View Full Version : [ubuntu] Dual Boot - Shared Partition

January 24th, 2009, 05:22 AM
heres the scenario:

I want to dual boot ubuntu on a system that already has windows installed and i want to have a shared partition

now my question is (might be a dumb one but... "/ ): can i make the partition NTFS or does it have to be Ext or FAT32

January 24th, 2009, 08:15 AM
Ubuntu can read/write to ntfs, windows can not read/write to ext3 unless you install a small program to do so, so I would suggest making a ntfs to share between the two.

January 26th, 2009, 07:11 AM
oh yea but i heard that the partitioner in the ubuntu installer doesnt create ntfs partitions

January 26th, 2009, 07:31 AM
You can use gparted (system>Admin>Partition Editor) of the ubuntu live cd and create all your partitions before starting the install, then when installing choose to manual partition and set the mount point(s) for your created partitions.
So with gparted you can create a
/ (root) ext3 partition
/swap partition
ntfs partition

January 27th, 2009, 02:44 AM
thanks for your help