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RE: sharing an ext3-partition with windows?



...or You can save yourself a heck of a lot of money and simply use a
FAT16 or FAT32 partition to share data between the two operating
systems. 

	While I do understand the nicety and "Cool" Factor relating to
running one OS inside of another OS, there are significant costs
involved that make that quite a headache cost-wise.

	Go with the "Free" Solution of using FAT16 or FAT32, both Linux
and ALL Modern versions of Windows can mount up a FAT16 or FAT32
partition.

	-Rob

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ext3-users-admin redhat com [mailto:ext3-users-admin redhat com]
On
> Behalf Of Cecchi, Gianluca
> Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 4:23 AM
> To: Helge Hielscher; Ext3-users redhat com
> Subject: RE: sharing an ext3-partition with windows?
> 
> 
> If you have enough power and memory resources on your PC (and enough
time
> to experiment...) you can manage the situation in this way:
> 
> 1) you have a dual boot system setup with native windows and native
linux
> installed
> 
> 2) you install vmware on both o.s.
> 
> 3) on each o.s. you can boot the other o.s. installed on hd, using
vmware
> with the native partition option setup
> 
> 4) you set up your linux system to share the ext3 fs (or dir) via
samba
> 
> 5) depending on your needs you start linux or windows in native mode
and
> the other o.s in vmware on the same pc and you should be done
> 
> 
> NOTE: it could be very tricky, but in the past I managed to have both
> Linux and windows able to boot on a native partition in vmware. And
also
> you have to buy 2 licences for vmware...
> 
> For windows you have to create hw profiles and disable startup of
> particular applications for your native devices (such as mouse,
keyboard,
> video adapter settings tools, network card monitoring tools) and other
> things, and I don't know the kind of support from vmware for this.
> For Linux you have to manage your X configuration when in native mode
and
> when inside vmware environment.
> 
> I used this successfully but with much pain with vmware 2.x, so I
don't
> know the status of the art now that version 4 is out.
> 
> To have an overview about the process you can check these links.
> 
> http://www.vmware.com/support/ws2/doc/rawdevices_ws_linux.html
> 
> http://www.vmware.com/support/ws2/doc/acpihal_w2k_ws_linux.html
> 
> Bye,
> Gianluca
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Helge Hielscher [mailto:hhielscher unternehmen com]
> Sent: lunedì 18 agosto 2003 19.10
> To: Ext3-users redhat com
> Subject: RE: sharing an ext3-partition with windows?
> 
> 
> Am Mon, 18 Aug 2003 09:35:50 -0400 schrieb Robert Adkins:
> >
> > 	In which way are you suggesting that it be shared? Are you
> > suggesting that you would be having this EXT3FS partition on one
hard
> > drive inside of one computer and have it be a centrally shared
directory
> > between two operating systems on a Dual-boot system?
> 
> Yes, this is what I need.
> 
> > 	If that is the case, I believe quite completely that it is
> > impossible, as Windows is only capable of reading/writing to the
> following
> > types of formats; FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and I believe it had at one
time
> > Access to HPFS for OS/2 Compatibility, but that has since been
removed.
> 
> But you can't (or shouldnt) write on a NTFS Partition from Linux.
> 
> > 	Anyway, if you want to share between dual-booting Windows and
> > Linux, the "Share" partition needs to be running some form of FAT,
> either
> > 16 or 32 will do nicely. Except that you will lose permissions and
other
> > special controls.
> 
> Well thats a problem. FAT is old, wastes a lot of space and has no
> journaling.
> 
> The NTFS driver FAQ lists four projects for reading ext2/3 for
windows:
> Taken from http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/info/ntfs.html#3.2
>   # explore2fs - http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/explore2fs.htm
>      * Home page:
http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/explore2fs.htm
>      * For Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
>   # ext2fsd - http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsd/
>       * Home page: http://www.tuningsoft.com/projects/projects.htm
>      * For Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
>   # winext2fsd - http://sourceforge.net/projects/winext2fsd/
>       * Home page: winext2fsd project page
>       * Reportedly works on Windows NT and Windows XP, likely also on
>         Windows 2000.
>   # ext2forxp - http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2forxp/
>       * Home page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2forxp/
>       * In early stages, not ready for use yet (June 4th, 2003).
> 
> The question is: does anybody use any of this?
> 
> Regards,
> Helge
> 
> 
> 
> 
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