Quick Install Question

Robert Slade bsd at bathnetworks.com
Tue Dec 27 22:59:51 PST 2005

On Tue, 2005-12-27 at 19:18, Gerard Seibert wrote:
> On Tuesday, December 27, 2005 1:42:54 PM
> "Andrew L. Gould" <algould at datawok.com>
> Subject: Re: Quick Install Question
> Wrote these words of wisdom:
> > > 
> > 
> > Is the WinXP partition in the same computer that is running FreeBSD? Or
> > is the NTFS partition a shared directory on a separate WinXP computer?
> > (I was not aware that Samba could be used to read NTFS partitions
> > residing on a FreeBSD computer.)
> > 
> > The original poster wishes to dual boot WinXP and FreeBSD on the same
> > computer.
> > 
> > Andrew Gould
> ***** REPLY SEPARATOR *****
> On 10/11/2005 5:29:42 PM, Gerard Replied:
> Actually, there are three computers. One is running FreeBSD 5.4 and the
> other two have WinXP Pro installed. I networked all three together. The
> WinXP systems are using the NTFS format. Samba can read and write to
> both of the WinXP machines without any problems.
> I really do not know if this is germane to a dual boot system however.
> It probably is not since WinXP would not actually be running when
> FreeBSD was in this type of configuration.
> Fat32 is really a poor file system when compared to NTFS. It is too bad
> that he is unable to get a second machine and use FreeBSD on it instead
> of dual booting.
> Just my 2¢.


Just to clear up a point. In your case, Samba is not writing to NTFS. it
is handling the communications between the 2 operating systems using the
SMB protocol. The individual OS' handle to filing system input/outputs. 

The issue with FreeBSD reading and writing to NTFS directly is
different. There is a driver that will allow FreeBSD to read NTFS, but
because of the complexities of NTFS writing to it is dificult and whilst
possible can cause the NTFS partition to become unreadable by XP.

For info the best way of setting up dual booting of FreeBSD and XP is to
use 3 partitions, 1 for XP using NTFS, 1 for FreeBSD and a 3rd Fat32
partition for data transfer.


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