I'm dual-booting with Windows 10. Right now, my partition setup is like this:
- 20GB /
- 10GB /home
- 70 GB "Linux stuff" (~/Downloads, ~/Documents, etc. all softlink to folders here)
- 300GB Windows (NTFS)
The problem is, sometimes there's lots of space in "Linux Stuff" with not much space in Windows, and sometimes the opposite is true.
What I'd like to do is to just merge the Linux-stuff and Windows partitions. I'd create a "linux" folder in the Windows partition, and softlink ~/Downloads, ~/Documents, ~/Pictures, and such there.
Are there any "gotchas" to doing this, using NTFS for most of my Linux files? In particular:
- Is the NTFS access stable?
- Is the NTFS access considerably slower than EXT?
- Are there any other hidden disadvantages to doing this? Does it interfere with indexing/searching of my files, open file dialogues, etc?
ext2, shrinking your Windows partition to just be what's required for the OS and programs itself, and installing an
ext2driver for Windows so it can also access it?