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Hello, I am looking to setup a auto sync between my powerbook and my desktop PC(Windows Xp and Ubuntu). My desktop has 100GB unpartitioned on a 300GB drive, i want to use that space to sync it with my powerbook, but i am unsure which file system would be the best to store my osx files in. I pretty much want to mirror the contents of my power book on my desktop, so if my laptop fails I still have the files. Any suggestions? -Jacob

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if you want it to be viewable and writable to both windows and linux, I'd say format it to Fat32, so it'll be accessible to pretty much all 3 OSes.

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You can guarantee that no file information will be lost by using the tar program. By copying straight to FAT32 you *might* lose file ownership and permissions data. If you feel like spending some money, there is a program called MacDrive that will let you mount HFS+ volumes in Windows.

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You really don't have to do anything special filesystem-wise. To sync the mac, you can just mount that partition (whatever it may be, FAT32, NTFS, or otherwise) on the mac via SMB/Samba.

I would say that the bigger concern is syncing Ubuntu and Windows, since they are on the same system. You can't just use a network protocol to do the hard work.

I recall that FAT32 has some limitations, but I don't remember what they are. I also recall that there are some open source ext2/ext3 drivers out there for windows. Perhaps the best idea would be to make the partition ext2/ext3, which both Win and Linux would be able to read.

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