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What's the best way to share files between linux and windows 7 on a dual/multi boot computer?

What's the best way to share files between linux and windows 7 on a dual/multi boot computer?

Just got myself a new computer and thinking of how set it up.

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Guest [Entry]

"Easiest thing - A nas network share that will just work in both or a USB pen drive!

Apart from that, As Ubuntu can read from NTFS but Windows can't read from EXT2/4 etc.

In your setup, I would personally have a 50GB partition for Ubuntu and then you have a choice:

The rest for Windows and simply access the NTFS partition from Ubuntu (which should work) or creating a new drive of a few GBs, format with NTFS or Fat32, and use for sharing files.

I personally wouldn't share home directories cross operating systems, it may work - but in my books, it is asking for trouble later on."
Guest [Entry]

"I was having the exact same problem you are having now.

Virtual machines are not an option for me as I'm a developer and need access to the physical hardware.
FAT does not meet my requirements as I often have to create DVD images - I would get stuck with this (FAT32 only allows files with a maximum size of 4GB).
I did not want to use NTFS, because the native Linux support for it isn't complete (writing is not fully supported) and the NTFS-3G driver uses too many resources - downloading a file from the Internet with a 100Mbit connection almost freezes my Core i3.
ext3/4 would be a good solution, but I'm using TrueCrypt to protect my data, and the ext-driver for Windows causes a BSOD if you try to mount a TrueCrypt volume.

This is the solution I've came up with:

Install Windows + Linux
Make your data partition ext3/4
Setup your data partition in Linux (create fstab entries)
Get QEMU or VMware for Windows. Install a minimal Debian system and assign the physical data partition as a second hard drive to that.
Setup Samba within the new VM, allow it to share that partition to its host. This way I can use the partition under Windows, and I don't have any of the above hassles with FAT or NTFS under Linux. I can also use TrueCrypt!"
Guest [Entry]

"In my personal experience I had the following problems:

ext3: It works fine on linux but in windows always I was having issues. I could mount with EXT2 Ifs, but with the time I started to have some data loss, or corrupt files. At the end I only could see just garbage folders and files from Ubuntu. Discarded
NTFS: It works fine too, but the big problem with that is that in windows I´m really get used to hibernate my session, so in another moment just start my ubuntu session, make some changes on the partition and when I came back to windows, all the changes done on Ubuntu were completely lost, besides all the corrupt files created. This is because NTFS works with a caching system of the last changes in RAM See here ¨Caching and Data Recovery¨. Discarded again
FAT32: The most stable for me, the only ¨but¨ with this approach is the 4GB size limit.

So, like in each kind of partition I found problems, I decided to make a big FAT32 partition, where I put most of the files and another smaller NTFS partition to any circumstance where I need to record any file bigger that 4GB."
Guest [Entry]

i use "Ext2 Volume Manager" on my windows (XP) system to mount ext2 and ext3 drives and have never had any issue at all. works smoothly and speedily. i highly recommend it, as it's open source as well.