View Full Version : [ubuntu] Installing a Harddrive to be used by linux and windows 7

January 17th, 2010, 01:27 AM
What File system and do i have to do anything special to use a storage HD. Like i have Windows 7 and Ubuntu on an 80gig harddrive and a 500 gig harddrive as storage. Anything special i have to do for me to be able to read the linux stuff in windows and vice versa?

January 17th, 2010, 01:39 AM
An NTFS formatted storage partition will be able to be read and written to by both Windows and Linux . You won't need to add anything to the linux install as the ntfs read / write driver is already contained in the kernel.

FAT32 is another option but it has file size limitations.

Some may argue that you can also do this with an ext3 / ext4 partition and install a linux filesystem driver in windows that will enable it to access linux partitions. But do you really want windows to have write access to your linux system files?

Anyway, that's my opinion

January 17th, 2010, 01:55 AM

Leave the 500GB drive as ntfs (Never Twice the same File System - lol)

Ubuntu is dead kewl with ntfs. But, with a decent sized hard drive, such as you have - you could always allocate a partition of it to ext3/4 and do real quick backups from your other drive to it of your ubuntu installation (rsync can even do it automatically for you).



January 17th, 2010, 01:58 AM
Thanks guys =D