FAT32 vs NTFS
I've got a couple of external (firewire) hard drives that I want to use to
take backups offsite, and I want the drives to be recognizable by a windows
(2000 or xp) machine, so that if the place burns down or whatever, and my
linux box is gone, I can easily pop the backup back into place on a windows
machine. (Also that way if I'm working at home and discover I want a file,
I can connect the drive to my laptop.) I don't need to deal with
permissions or hard links or those kinds of things, because most of the
files are backups originating from windows machines in the first place. So
I figured I'd format the firewire drives with NTFS and mount them on my
linux machine (and use rsync to bring them up to date).
But then I came across something saying that writing to NTFS volumes from
linux is unreliable, but I wasn't sure if that was current info. Is it
still true? Should I go with FAT32 instead, is that safer? I'd prefer
NTFS, but only if I can count on it.
The linux computer I'd be using them with is a pentium 4 running Sarge with
a 2.6.8-2-686-smp kernel.