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deadmanschest
February 21st, 2009, 05:26 PM
Hi all - dual boot U8.10 & Vistax64.

When I partitioned my single laptop HDD I set up 250 GB of FAT32 to share with both OS, that after seeing all kinds of web talk about linux only see FAT etc etc..

Installed U8.10 and it not only sees my Vista OS but lets me mount. I don't know how good an idea that is..but thats another question?

Opinions please - should I rejig my shared Extended and Logical partitions to NTFS and happily share, or keep as FAT32 and leave well enough alone?

Cheers

dmc

4Orbs
February 21st, 2009, 05:38 PM
Maintaining an NTFS shared partition is easier, mainly because the Vista tools can defragment ntfs in a fraction of the time compared to defragmenting fat32.

Crandom
February 21st, 2009, 06:14 PM
I would convert them to ntfs - it has many more advantages than FAT32 {link} (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/russel_october01.mspx) and is now well supported in linux with ntfs-3g.

You don't need to reformat the FAT32 drives, you can just use the convert command in vista. To do so just type this command into a Command Prompt in vista (Start > Run > "cmd"):

convert [drive_letter]: /fs:ntfs
If you need to dismount the drives first use this command:

convert [drive_letter]: /fs:ntfs /X
More info at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb456984.aspx

Tatty
February 21st, 2009, 06:46 PM
I agree with crandom. Ntfs support in linux is very mature now. Most sources which recommend fat are usually quite old now.

Mark Phelps
February 21st, 2009, 06:49 PM
Installed U8.10 and it not only sees my Vista OS but lets me mount. I don't know how good an idea that is..but thats another question?

dmc

NOT a good idea to mount your Vista OS unless you mount it read-only. Why? Because any irregular shutdown will set the Vista OS as unmountable under Linux -- which require you to boot into Vista and run a chkdsk on it. But if it gets corrupted, you won't be able to boot into Vista to fix it. Results in a catch-22. Better to mount it read-only.

deadmanschest
February 21st, 2009, 09:07 PM
Hi everyone - thanks collectively for the shared wisdom, had to be away for a bit, so slow to respond..

I will convert the FAT32 extended partition to NTFS, and I will make the VistaOS drive and its accompanying Data partition 'read only' from U8.10, if I can figure out how to do that....hehe..

Thanks to all;

Cheers

dmc

jerome1232
February 21st, 2009, 09:12 PM
I would convert them to ntfs - it has many more advantages than FAT32 {link} (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/russel_october01.mspx) and is now well supported in linux with ntfs-3g.

You don't need to reformat the FAT32 drives, you can just use the convert command in vista. To do so just type this command into a Command Prompt in vista (Start > Run > "cmd"):

convert [drive_letter]: /fs:ntfs
If you need to dismount the drives first use this command:

convert [drive_letter]: /fs:ntfs /X
More info at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb456984.aspx

Nice tip, didn't realize xp and vista had a conversion tool built in. My father-in law just got a tv tuner card and was asking me why he couldn't save videos over x amount of hours, turns out he was saving them on a fat32 partition, now I can convert it ntfs without shuffling files around.