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  1. Jammy

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    I've ordered parts to build a new computer, and my main hard disk will be a 1TB Spinpoint F3. I'd like to partition it 100/100/800 - 100 for a distro of GNU/Linux(probably Debian) & applications, 100 for Windows 7 & applications and 800 for general storage(movies, music, etc.).

    I'd like to be able to read & write to the 800GB partition on both Windows & Linux and I'd like to know what filesystem would be recommended for doing so. Is it possible to use ext4/btrfs, etc or am I stuck with Fat32?

    Thanks in advance!
     

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    I'm NOT an expert on this, as I despise all things windows and won't allow it in my life. BUT, I believe that using NTFS will do what you're after.

    IIRC, Linux has been able to read/write to NTFS partitions for some time now. But you know how microsoft is! So the flip-side isn't true: windows won't see, acknowledge, read, write, or do anything else with a Linux-formatted partition, such as ext3 or ext4. (Idiots.)

    Anyway, hopefully someone who knows more about this will chime in, but I'm reasonably sure that NTFS will work for you.
     
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    I can mount and read/write to my NTFS Win XP partion with both Ubuntu and Arch Linux.
     
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    I read somewhere that Windows has DRM that can actually overwrite your Linux bootloader because the DRM files are stored on "unused" partitions. And if you use grub to boot Windows as well then you're S.O.L. in a very big way.

    That's not at all helpful, but I just thought about it. But yeah NTFS would work I'm pretty sure. That's what I did when I dual booted. Now I just run Windows in a VM.

    ....safer that way.
     
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    Thanks guys :)
     
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    And gals. :D You're welcome.
     
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    if you format EXT2/3 with an inode size of 128 you can (with EXT2IFS)
    still, much better to use NFTS as stated by others
     

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