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Re: [opensuse] trying to figure out how to share a data drive
  • From: George Olson <grglsn765@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 17:47:48 +0800
  • Message-id: <4971A944.6050408@xxxxxxxxx>
David C. Rankin wrote:

Whoa George,

Your moving kind of fast for a newbie here... First, lets get a little
information about your linux setup so I can make sure we are talking
apples-to-apples here. Open konsole and post the output of the following two

cat /proc/partitions

/Ok, here it is:
george@linux-8rby:~> cat /proc/partitions
major minor #blocks name

8 0 244198584 sda
8 1 35840983 sda1
8 2 163838902 sda2
8 3 1 sda3
8 5 2104483 sda5
8 6 17125258 sda6
8 7 25286278 sda7/


/george@linux-8rby:~> mount
/dev/sda6 on / type ext3 (rw,acl,user_xattr)
/proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
debugfs on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,mode=0620,gid=5)
/dev/sda7 on /home type ext3 (rw,acl,user_xattr)
/dev/sda1 on /windows/C type fuseblk
/dev/sda2 on /windows/D type fuseblk
fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
securityfs on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
none on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw)
/dev/sr0 on /media/SU1110.001 type iso9660
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/george/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon

Basically what you are going to need to do is to select an empty
partition and
then format it in FAT32. That is the only way (absent a couple of tools under
development) to share a partition on the same machine between windows and
linux. Linux can read NTFS just fine, but writing to it directly from linux is
worse than Russian roulette. If the disks are on separate computers, then
is no problem at all with the SAMBA/CIFS set of tools. But to write to a
partition that windows can read in a dual-boot scenario, fat32 is the ticket.

/Ok, this gives me a couple of follow up questions. I have a ton of data
on the drive I want to share, and everything is NTFS (I am pretty sure).
I can back it all up, re-format to FAT32, and then copy it all back on
the newly formatted drive again. But the question I have about that is,
isn't there a size limit to a drive formatted in FAT32? I am looking at
160 gigs or so. I don't have the whole thing full, but that is the size
of the drive I would like, if it is possible./
There is of course the solution of virtualizing windows within linux
running samba on linux, then you can share disk space just as if the operating
systems were running on separate boxes. See:

Here is a screenshot to whet your couriosity:

/That looks really cool. It seems like I need to try and get samba
running. Can you (or anyone) give me a brief layman's description of how
samba works?/
Also, if you are new to linux, let me share a couple of must have kde
with you. (1) basket notepad; (2) keepassx. Both are available for open suse.
Also, if you haven't already downloaded and installed webpin (for finding
packages for opensuse, the install that first. It will make finding software a
breeze. The webpin rpm can be found here:

/Thanks. I am trying to download that now. This is all so cool./
You can use the web interface here:

Post the requested information and we'll get your file sharing problem
sorted out.

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