looking for ideas: triple booting and personal data

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Sat Dec 8 12:09:32 PST 2007

On Sat, Dec 08, 2007 at 12:46:14PM -0500, 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

Make a FAT32 primary partition if you want FreeBSD to be able to write
as well as read the space.

Remember that only 4 primary partitions / slices can be made and each thing 
will require one of them 
  eg maybe  Slice 1 = MS, 2 = FAT32, Linux = 3, FreeBSD = 4 might work.

I have never done any testing writing/reading FAT32 from FreeBSD.  It seems
not to have any delays.


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