Creating a Dual-Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Laptop
Subject:   fat32 partition
Date:   2006-05-09 18:50:19
From:   wadel
I don't understand the need for the fat32 partition. My notebook (Dell Latitude) has been dual booting Ubuntu (since 5.0) and I have always been able to share data with the NTFS partition (Windows C:). It currently mounts as /media/hda2 on my box and as you noted requires root permission for access. I have always regarded fat32 as somewhat unstable.

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  • fat32 partition
    2006-05-10 16:44:06  Kevin Farnham | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    This is a matter of personal preference. I prefer not using the root account except when absolutely necessary. Writing to an NTFS partition from Linux using the root account involves a certain amount of risk. I wouldn't want to accidentally corrupt my bootable Windows operating system. Or worse, be responsible for a reader accidentally doing this to their previously working laptop!

    While FAT32 is not secure or particularly robust, I think its "vanilla" nature makes it adequate for storing non-critical data that you want to share between XP and Linux. You'll just want to make sure you have a back up copy of anything you really can't afford to lose.