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How stable is ntfs-3g?

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 12:33 pm
by rahim
Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone has any positive or negative experiences with NTFS writing with ntfs-3g. I need to copy a large 4GB DVD image to my NTFS partition. I don't want to lose any data. Such a large file seems like it would start to push the limits of both Linux and NTFS. I tried writing a small file to my Windows partition and everything was fine.

Thanks!

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 1:27 pm
by Husse
I use ntfs-3g constantly - I share ff and Thunderbird profiles with XP and use ntfs-3g daily - no probs. (But I don't really use XP any more) It's also how mintdisk mounts ntfs disks.
you don't have to worry about limitations in ntfs, maximal file size is roughly 18.446.744.073 GB. Wrote an in depth article about ntfs once...
What could happen is that copy chokes, runs out of memory, if there's a memoryleak.

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 1:40 pm
by telic
Alternatively (or additionally), there's the freeware Ext2 Installable File System For Windows, which enables XP to access all your Linux ext2/ext3 file systems. With direct access, moving/copying data files mightn't be necessary (just use them in-situ with XP applications).

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Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 3:23 pm
by rahim
telic wrote:Alternatively (or additionally), there's the freeware Ext2 Installable File System For Windows, which enables XP to access all your Linux ext2/ext3 file systems. With direct access, moving/copying data files mightn't be necessary (just use them in-situ with XP applications).

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Thank you both! That's good to know. I never thought about accessing my Linux partition from Win XP, good idea. Only problem is I'm running reiserfs.

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 4:45 pm
by telic
Perhaps ReiserDriver, or ReiserFS for Windows, or Ext2fs+Reiser 1.3 (a plugin for the shareware Total Commander file manager), or UFS Explorer (commercial product) might be useful, though they offer read-only file system access from Windows.

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Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:21 pm
by rahim
Hey, thanks telic!

Things sure have progressed since the last time I researched that topic a few years ago. I thought only ext* was supported. Nice.