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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

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?


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