looking for ideas: triple booting and personal data

Frank Staals frankstaals at gmx.net
Sat Dec 8 11:00:13 PST 2007

Aryeh M. Friedman wrote:
> I am creating a triple boot machine (FB, Linux, Vista) and want to keep
> all non-system files (i.e. any thing I made vs. was installed by the OS
> [including 3rd party software]) avaible (r/w) by all three OS's.   I
> know I can do this by putting /usr/home on a NTFS partition but am
> worried about the slowness of ntfs-3g/ntfsprogs (90% of the time I am in
> FreeBSD and have several things going that need decent disk performence
> [bit torrents]).  Any ideas? 
> BTW an added plus would be some way to automatically have one or all the
> OS's maintain archival copies for backup purposes
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For my dual-booting laptop ( FreeBSD , WinXP ) I'm using ext2 for my 
data partiton. Works like a charm for me ( Using 
http://www.fs-driver.org/ for WinXP and sysutils/e2fsprogs ) Only thing 
that can be anoying is when FreeBSD crashes and I have to fsck my entire 
data partiton which can take a while. But possibly this can be avoided 
by using ext3 instead of ext2 (But the utilities are the same ).

Good luck,

-Frank Staals

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