Writing to ext3 fs from XP

Giandomenico De Tullio ghisha at email.it
Fri Dec 8 20:10:43 UTC 2006

James Wilkinson ha scritto:
> Hadders wrote:
>> If found this driver, http://www.fs-driver.org/ . Sound goods, but only
>> has ext2 support.
> Jonathan Berry replied:
>> ext3 is completely backwards compatible with ext2.  Thus, you can
>> mount an ext3 partition as an ext2 one, you just won't get the added
>> benefits of ext3 (like journaling).  I have used a Windows ext2 driver
>> in the past and it worked fairly well.  I stopped using it, though,
>> because one day I had to pull the power when in Windows and the next
>> time I booted Linux, the ext3 filesystems had error and had to be
>> fixed (which wasn't as easy without the journal).  That scared me :-).
>> For what you want to do, NTFS may be a good solution.  As others have
>> noted, the new ntfs-3g driver for Linux seems to work fairly well.
> Hadders responded:
>> Hmmm, so what you're saying is the driver works fine unless you drop
>> the power to the box. That's not a problem for me, I have a UPS and I
>> can't remember the last time I had to hold in the ATX switch for 10
>> seconds to force a cut-out. Also, I'll be running the partition on a
>> RAID 1 mirror, that may fix an odd half-write inconsistency from the
>> other disk, .. maybe, depends which it believes is the correct disk.
> We are talking Windows here. In my experience, Windows 2000 and XP can
> be pretty stable, but it does depend on the quality of the drivers --
> there are a lot of very badly written drivers our there. It's arguable
> that Linux's biggest stability advantage is that most drivers have to go
> through the Quality Assurance process of the Linux Kernel Mailing List
> (and most user-space drivers don't get to affect the stability of the
> system). [1]
> So it will only take one dodgy driver (especially if you've got a
> dual-core or hyperthreading system [2]) to challenge the stability of
> your system.
> You may find that a large FAT32 partition is best for your needs.
> (Windows won't create them above 32 GB, but it will read larger
> partitions.)
> Hope this helps,

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