Re: Formatting a partition for Windows XP
Tom Kuiper wrote:
From email@example.com Wed May 5 21:23:41 PDT 2004
Tom Kuiper wrote:
I would like to be able to back up my daughter's Window XP PE laptop to
a secondary drive on my Linux (only) system.
I assume that both machines are networked?
I further assume you want to backup "C:\Documents and Settings" and
don't care about the other directories (be careful of those apps that
still write data files elsewhere).
In that situation, I'd "apt-get install samba smbfs swat" on your Debian
box, then use swat (via a web browser pointed to 'localhost://901" to
set up a share for her to use. Then use a Windows backup utility on her
machine to push the backup from her laptop to her share on your Debian box.
There are other ways to accomplish this backup, but I'm assuming that
you and she are somewhat familiar with the Windows side of things, and
know how to map a network drive (to Samba on your box which looks just
like any other network share to which you've mapped before -
\\paulsdebbox\daughtersshare) and know how to use a Windows backup
program. If you don't know these things, you'll have a learning curve
any direction you go, so you might want to look into other methods, such
as setting up a cron job on your Debian box and rsync'ing data from the
Windows administrative share C$, etc, which is a pull-from-Debian
method, as opposed to the push-from-Windows method above.
No need for an NTFS partition on your Debian box, again, assuming you
plan to do this backup over the network. In fact, I can't think of any
reasonable method that would require an NTFS partition on your box (not
to say there isn't one).
Question 1: Should I make an NTFS partition or something else?
Question 2: How can I format a filesystem that is 30 GB in size?
Is that how big your daughter's Windows partition is? Unless she has a
lot of multimedia files, I suspect only about 8 GB of that is actually
being used. And probably only 4GB or less of that is actual data.
Assuming you compress the data in your backup, you'll need even less space.
But to answer your actual question, it depends. Are you formatting it as
FAT? FAT32? NTFS? ext2? ext3? Reiser? On which box? I assume you're
looking for space for her laptop's backup. Probably you want to use
cfdisk/fdisk some other Debian partitioning tool to create the partition
of the desired size on your Debian box, then use the mkfs (MaKe
FileSystem) tool to format (initialize) this partition. For example, if
you create a /dev/hda12 that is 30GB large, and you want it formatted as
ext3, the command "mkfs.ext3 /dev/hda12" should format it so.