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Re: [SLE] reiser vs. ext3
  • From: Donald Grayson <dgrayson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 09:17:09 -0400
  • Message-id: <4087C5D5.8040206@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Donald Grayson wrote:

Doug McGarrett wrote:

I will shortly receive SuSE 9.1. Assuming it allows me to
choose between Reiser and Ext3 file systems, which should I
choose, and why? (It would be useful to be able to access the Linux system files from Win XP, on the NTFS, if that can
be done, and even more so, the reverse--i.e., access NTFS files from Linux.) I am not currently sharing my XP system
with any other OS, so this will be a new installation in all
respects. All comments and observations gratefully received.


Myself, I prefer ReiserFS. It's the default choice with a SuSE install and I've had no trouble with it. For the average home user, I really don't think it matters which filesystem you use, it's only an issue if you're dealing with legacy data on already formatted drives or if you're running certain applications in high traffic environments.

As to viewing ReiserFS or EXT3 in Windows. Well, Windows will at best ignore them, at worst it will show the partitions in my computer as unformatted discs and suggest reformatting them with NTFS. NTFS drives can be read under Linux, but not written to.

Personally, I use a 20GB USB hard drive formatted with FAT32 to share data between Windows and Linux on a dual boot system.

Did some checking and there is apparently some tools to let Windows read an EXT2/EXT3 filesystem. For more info try:

Donald Grayson
Systems Administrator
SportPaint, Inc.

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