shared partition - fat 32 ??

  • barks
Posted: Mon, 11/05/2007 - 22:33
hi all, i have on my laptop xp and 64 studio, i want to use 64 studio as much as pos and will be surfing the net with this. the thing is i use xp for work and need to download firmware upgrades ect also i want to store pics and music. should i format the spare storage partition as fat 32 so both operating systems can use it, will they both be able to read and write to from it? will doing this compromise security? thanks in advance :-)

thanks, what i meant by

  • barks
  • 11/01/07
  • Tue, 11/06/2007 - 19:16
thanks, what i meant by security was if i downloaded an infected file via linux and placed it on the fat32 drive, when i booted into xp it would have access to the xp os? wouldnt it? i suppose the antivirus software i use will defend it. is it slower using fat32? i dont suppose it matters as its just so i can archive/ protect stuff incase either xp or linux goes wonky :-) barks

Fat 32 the thing

  • guitard00d
  • 10/15/07
  • Tue, 11/06/2007 - 05:20
That's exactly what I've done with my system that runs Windows 2000 and 64 Studio. Both can read and write to the Fat 32 partition with no problem. As for compromising security, I don't see how that could be a problem just by adding a Fat 32 partition. If nobody can access the contents of that drive unless they physically log in to Windows or Linux, it doesn't matter what format the partition is. XP isn't going to share it on a network unless you explicitly configure XP to do so, and the same rule applies to Linux. If you are still concerned about security issues, you can also achieve the same result by simply using a flash drive or an external hard drive.