Okay, I've somehow convinced myself to install Mint Linux (15: Olivia) beside my lovely Windows 8 operating system. Now, the only problem I have is sharing files between the two Operating Systems. What I used to have with my Windows 7 and Windows 8 install was a triple partition with the Win8 and Win7 Operating Systems in separate partitions, then another with all my files and what not. I want to have the same setup, though swapping the Win7 partition with Mint Linux, though I'm told that there are compatibility issues? Any light that can be shed on this would be absolutely wonderful, and thanks in advance!
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Just to set the record straight, Linux NEVER had problems reading any Windows partitions. It is Windows that cannot read Linux partitions. The compatibility problems you heard about were about NTFS. A few years ago (about 10 or so) it was slightly complicated to set up your Linux Desktop and have it write to NTFS partitions. It was always possible, it is just that the software that enables that was new and buggy and sometimes had trouble writing. As far as I know reading was never a problem.
Now, Windows, probably through a conscious marketing strategical choice, has never supported reading or writing from anything other than the native Windows file systems such as VFAT and NTFS. It is possible, but you need third party software and it is not transparent. Both Macs and Linux and Unix etc can deal with various file systems, as far as I know it is only Windows that has decided to hobble itself in such a way.
Anyway, NTFS-3G, the *nix software that enables reading and writing on NTFS partitions is now very mature and stable. So much so that it is included in the Linux kernel. What this means in practical terms is that your Linux OS can read and write to an NTFS partition out of the box, you shouldn't need to install or do anything else.
Bottom line, create a shared data partition using the NTFS file system and both Linux and Windows will happily be able to read and write from/to it.
Besides NTFS, you can share an ext3 home partition to hold your personal documents between Windows and Linux. ext2fsd is a driver that can mount your ext3 partitions within Windows, like mapping a disk to a drive letter. This way you gain the benefits of the ext3 file system, like journaling, and you can still access your files in Windows. I have used it myself, it works well.
To access Linux partitions from windows :
You can use
(Sorry I don't have much reputation to add more than 2 links)
Among the above softwares I have only used DiskInternals and it was awesome. I don't know about the other two. But if any of the above gives an option to file system write, in my opinion it would be wise to not use that feature as that can mess up the things.
To access Windows partition from Linux:
It is natively supported by Linux, it is just the matter of mounting the correct partition and using it. A useful link is here. Here also it is better to avoid file system writing to avoid inconsistencies.
I don't know sharing a partition between windows and Linux is how much effective. I have done this once and I pretty much messed it up :) . But if you can use it properly the idea is not that bad.
Happy hacking :)