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So I am going to be dual booting Linux Mint 64-bit and Windows 8 64-bit very soon since I started using Linux Mint on my spare laptop and I fell in love with it.

Anyway, I may need to switch between Windows and Linux often because some of the programs my university requires that we use for certain classes may only be usable in Windows. I don't have any programs like that right now but I was talking to some other students and apparently this is the case.

Anyway, is it possible to have something like a 70GB Windows 8 boot partition, a 70GB Linux Mint boot partition, and a ~110GB shared partition for file storage on my 256GB Crucial M4 SSD? If so what filesystem should I partition the shared partition as? I will keep all of my music and word documents on that partition. Also, I of course must be able to both read and write to the partition.

Do you guys have any suggestions?

Thanks!
post #2 of 14
Yes you can do it, both support ntfs so just make an ntfs parition and you should be all set.

NTFS3g I believe is the kernal mod you'll need - I haven't done anything with linux in quite sometime so hopefully I'm speaking in the correct terms and I used ubuntu.

Quick bing search got me this link:
http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=611&start=0

I would recommend making a dedicated partition for this and make sure you backup the partition elsewhere on a regular interval - it's been ages but I used to hear of fs corruption from using ntfs-3g; probably not anything to worry about anymore but you never know... I like to be on the safe side.
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Originally Posted by xyexz View Post

Yes you can do it, both support ntfs so just make an ntfs parition and you should be all set.

NTFS3g I believe is the kernal mod you'll need - I haven't done anything with linux in quite sometime so hopefully I'm speaking in the correct terms and I used ubuntu.

Quick bing search got me this link:
http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=611&start=0

I would recommend making a dedicated partition for this and make sure you backup the partition elsewhere on a regular interval - it's been ages but I used to hear of fs corruption from using ntfs-3g; probably not anything to worry about anymore but you never know... I like to be on the safe side.

Nailed it, just make that "shared" one NFTS and both your OS's can read and write to it.
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Excellent, thanks! Makes it a lot easier now then.

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Yes you can do it, both support ntfs so just make an ntfs parition and you should be all set.

NTFS3g I believe is the kernal mod you'll need - I haven't done anything with linux in quite sometime so hopefully I'm speaking in the correct terms and I used ubuntu.

Quick bing search got me this link:
http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=611&start=0

I would recommend making a dedicated partition for this and make sure you backup the partition elsewhere on a regular interval - it's been ages but I used to hear of fs corruption from using ntfs-3g; probably not anything to worry about anymore but you never know... I like to be on the safe side.

just to expand you shouldn't need to install anything these days. ntfs-3g will be included in just about all default installs (even like arch linux and the likes) I had to install it in freebsd, but anything linux should be able to support out of the box.
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You shouldnt share a partition, You can but its not recommended.
Download GPARTED, burn it and use it to make a dedicated EXT4 partition for linux to run on. It will be much nicer in the long run.
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You shouldnt share a partition, You can but its not recommended.
Download GPARTED, burn it and use it to make a dedicated EXT4 partition for linux to run on. It will be much nicer in the long run.

I don't think he's talking about that. I think this is a separate partition not directly connected to either OS...just another one. Though I do wonder...are there any bugs or what not with ntfs-3g? I ask because sometimes on my laptop waking from sleep I can no longer access the ntfs partitions that were mounted before sleep.
     
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Yes you can do it, both support ntfs so just make an ntfs parition and you should be all set.

NTFS3g I believe is the kernal mod you'll need - I haven't done anything with linux in quite sometime so hopefully I'm speaking in the correct terms and I used ubuntu.

Quick bing search got me this link:
http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=611&start=0

I would recommend making a dedicated partition for this and make sure you backup the partition elsewhere on a regular interval - it's been ages but I used to hear of fs corruption from using ntfs-3g; probably not anything to worry about anymore but you never know... I like to be on the safe side.
Essentially this, though if he is using an ssd then he might be better of with just two partitions and using Windows os partition for docs as well. (It may prove healthier for his ssd)

Also, ntfs-3g isn't a kernel driver , it's FUSE. Most of linuxes kernel drivers for ntfs are read only..so it's important that he install the FUSE driver.
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Ah, I see now, He wants to access linux files from windows and vice versa?

If so, I agree this needs to be done from the linux end with an ntfs filesystem, trying to access EXT from windows is trouble at best.
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Ah, I see now, He wants to access linux files from windows and vice versa?

If so, I agree this needs to be done from the linux end with an ntfs filesystem, trying to access EXT from windows is trouble at best.

It's technically doable, but you have limited control over the files in ext when you're in windows.
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