Migrate to Linux and safely continue to read/write data currently residing on the NTFS file system.
Posted on 2007-04-07
My home PC has two internal hard disks. Windows XP is installed on the first hard disk using NTFS.
My data is stored on the second hard disk using NTFS.
I have tried MEPIS 6.5 and would like to use it instead of Windows XP on my home PC.
From what I understand MEPIS 6.5 comes with the ntfs-3g driver for reading and writing NTFS partitions.
From researching online I am unable to determine how safe it is using Linux to read and write to NTFS partitions. Some users say it's fine. Others say it's still experimental.
So I'm not sure what to do.
Obviously I want my data to remain intact. Should I;
A) Keep the second hard disk as is with NTFS. Use MEPIS 6.5 with the ntfs-3g driver for reading and writing to my second hard disks NTFS partition.
B) Backup the data from the second hard disk. Then, wipe the second hard disk and reformat that second hard disk as ext3 or some other Linux FS. Then, restore the data to the second hard disk. That way I don't even have to worry about NTFS.
What do you recommend? Do you have other ideas?