Sounds like a recipe for disasterMatti L wrote: all my important files are on windows partition
Hehe... that's why you have to have more than one backup place and why USB and NAT hd's are great. On my previous Compaq laptop the hard drive broke down and I lost everything on it and it only had Ubuntu on it, but when someone makes a good working ext4 or btfrs driver for Windows then I'll keep everything on the Linux partitions.scorp123 wrote:Just a few hours ago I could witness how a oh-so-rock-stable Windows 2008 R2 server crashed. Too bad it was that particular customer's file server and it had a few unique files .... But now? Not anymore. The disks were utterly and completely corrupted. Bye bye unique files.
You could put your files on a NAS with a set of mirrored disks? If one fails, you still have the other disks. And those home NAS solutions one can buy or build one-self these days (e.g. FreeNAS) are able to offer SMB-access for Windows and Mac OS X, so exchanging files between platforms _AND_ keeping them safe should be easy these days. I myself use a PC which has Solaris 11 Express on it. The filesystem is ZFS. And I regularly take ZFS snapshots of everything. If something fails or accidentally gets deleted I simply rollback that folder to a point in time when the file was still around. Works pretty much like Apple's time machine and it's rock-solid.Matti L wrote:scorp123 wrote:but when someone makes a good working ext4 or btfrs driver for Windows then I'll keep everything on the Linux partitions.
You can get ZFS in various BSD-based distros too. If you want to build a pure storage solution that keeps your data safe, then maybe FreeNAS might be worth a look?Matti L wrote: That ZFS snapshot thing sounds interesting too.
MaddawgTL wrote:Is it possible to repartition the hd without a reinstall? If so what would be a good setup for it? I would like to be able to try other linux distros out without a using flash drives. So a swap file of 1.5 gigs,20 gigs for mint,5 or 10gigs for trial os and rest data /home or am I still missing something here?
I want to have a partition where XP and Mint share files, like Music/Documents/Pictures/Video/ETC
sagirfahmid3 wrote:I want to have a partition where XP and Mint share files, like Music/Documents/Pictures/Video/ETC
Can't do that.
Linux's uses the ext2/3/4 filesystem; Windows cannot see those partitions. Linux, however, CAN see Windows partitions. What you would need to do is mount the Windows partition on startup (autostart). To see Linux partitions on Windows, you need a program called ext2explore which you can find on Sourceforge.
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