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Hello, i am new to Linux Mint and Dual Booting so this is just a very basic question. What i would like to do is keep windows xp on the computer but also use Linux Mint manly as my home server to save files to. If i were to do this, would i be able to access my files even when windows xp is running, or would i need to use linux mint to retreve my files? I have a seperate hard drive just for the server and obviously want to be able to use it whenever the computer is turned on. Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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normally if you have to exchange files betweeen XP & Linux, the conventional way is to have a filesystem which is common for both (r/w by both) like FAT32. But now things are changing. Mint can read NTFS & there are programs for XP that can read ext3 filesystem. So its up to you... whether you want 3 partitions with one having XP the other Linux & the third common for both to share files (FAT32) OR with 2 partitions one for XP having ext2 IFS for reading ext3 FS & of course mint can read XP NTFS.
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