Dual boot backup on external HDD.
August 4, 2008 7:34 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to setup a 500gb external hard drive to backup windows and linux?
posted by kraigory to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I just got a seagate external hard drive for my laptop, which is out of hard disk room. Surprised by the $100 price tag, I splurged and got a 500gb model. So, I would like to set it up to backup my computer, as well as store files.
I dual boot ubuntu linux and windows xp. Should I make two ntfs partitions, and use windows to image backup my current hard drive? Or, should I use FAT32 and use linux to perform the backup? Would there be any complications when backing up ext3 from windows, if it's just a hard drive image? Also, I'd like to use open source programs to do this.
If I go the linux route, and format it with FAT32, are there any disadvantages, or limits on partition size?
Thanks for the help! Oh, and I use linux about 80% of the time, so It would be most handy to backup with linux, if that's the easiest solution.