I'm about to partition my ext. hdd, in 2 parts. The first part will be MacOSX formated. I want the second partition to read/write both Ubuntu and Windows. Will NTFS do it for me?

  • You need 3 partitions.One for Mac OS X.One for Windows(NTFS) and one for Linux(Ext4) Feb 27, 2015 at 19:30
  • @MarvinMicek. No you don't. NTFS will be fine.
    – Holloway
    Feb 27, 2015 at 19:31
  • The truth is that I will install Ubuntu for the first time in my life, so I don't think that I would transfer a big amount of data, so I also think NTFS should be fine. Feb 27, 2015 at 19:33

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You cannot install Ubuntu onto an NTFS partition, as NTFS does not support permissions.

But if you are just storing data, NTFS is fine and both Ubuntu and Windows can read/write from/to it.

Just in case you want something that is supported by all three platforms, check out the UDF filesystem.

EDIT: As mentioned by user Fabby, this answer details how you can actually achieve running Ubuntu and Windows on the same NTFS partition. I absolutely would not recommend it though, unless you really know what you are doing.

  • Jmiserez: It is possible, just very complicated So your answer is best for a beginner! ;-) (So I upvoted!)
    – Fabby
    Mar 4, 2015 at 9:40
  • @Fabby Wow, that is some crazy stuff. I've added it to my answer.
    – jmiserez
    Mar 6, 2015 at 16:55
  • :D Luckily I didn't respond to your first comment as I was reviewing duplicate answers... We live and we learn! ;-) Actually UDF should be included in my Q&A! So we both learned smtg today! (I never thought of that! I'm going to test it out when I find my |@#^ USB stick!)
    – Fabby
    Mar 6, 2015 at 16:59
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    Once I saw that you yourself wrote all the answers I was a fair bit embarrassed :-/ Thanks for sharing the knowledge!
    – jmiserez
    Mar 6, 2015 at 17:03

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