View Poll Results: What kind of partition would you use in a dual boot system for the shared data?

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  • NTFS

    4 40.00%
  • ext3

    3 30.00%
  • ext2

    0 0%
  • FAT32

    3 30.00%
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Thread: ext3, NTFS or FAT32 for my data?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    ext3, NTFS or FAT32 for my data?

    Hi, I have read about the partition type for the data in a dual boot system and I couldn't find anything conlusive. Most of the people recommend is to create a NTFS partition for the Windows OS and a ext3 partition for the Ubuntu OS, that sounds like a no brainer however when it comes the time for the data partition there are mixed answers.

    Fact: There are drivers that allow Windows to read/write to ext3 partitions and others allow Ubuntu to read/write in NTFS.

    Question 1: From a perfomance perspective what is worst, Windows working in ext3 or Ubuntu working in NTFS? Let's assume that each systems are used 50% of the time.

    Question 2: Being my computer for family use, I am not conerned about file permisions and I am aware of the 4GB file size limit for the FAT32 partitions and I can live with it. From a performance perspective, would FAT32 be a better option that NTFS or ext3 in a dual boot environment?

    Question 3: Finally I have another disk that I am going to format in ext3 and I expect this to be my backup disk. Is there any issue backing up my FAT32 in to an ext3 filesystem? I am planning to use Linux incremental backup, I guess that it is OK as I wouldnt have the file size limitation in my backup disk.

    Thank you very much for reading my post.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: ext3, NTFS or FAT32 for my data?


    Otherwise I would just have posed question 1 again

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