I am trying to follow this site. /dev/sda1 is what I have to use as the shared drive. Most sites after a quick search on how to do it recommend formatting the drive as ntfs but I also noticed someone mention ntfs is poorly supported in Linux. I am also supposed to edit /etc/fstab to add this UUID=96806DE2806DC977 /home/mxfuuu/sda1 ntfs defaults,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0
I wanted to know if I am doing anything wrong before I proceed. Should I continue with ntfs? And if there’s going to be any issue adding the line in /etc/fstab since none of the lines are separated with a comma( , ).
Yes, go with NTFS: Linux can read/write NTFS, but Windows uses only NTFS(Bitlocker?) without WSL (that should be tested before deciding the file system). Attention to encrypted Linux file-systems (LUKS).
I ran the whole thing and windows no longer booted. When I removed and connected the HDD back, it did boot but didn’t show the HDD.
I ended up deciding to back everything up and reinstall everything. I customized the iso of the windows installation and later disabled certain features to harden it which involved USB/devices autoplay. I tried restoring it but didn’t work maybe because I removed too many bloatware and services from the iso than necessary.
The reason windows did not see it was that windows did not create that device. If you use windows to create the device then modify fstab to mount the device (test mount it manually first) things should work.
However, there also may be an issue with windows 11 using bitlocker since AFAIK fedora is not able to access a bitlocker device.
For what it’s worth, there is a btrfs driver for Windows. It has BitLocker support, but you won’t want to enable it if you want Linux to be able to read/write as well.
Another option is to setup your own Nextcloud server (which is in the Fedora repos) and use the nextcloud client to sync the data between your Windows and Fedora environments over the network. This is what I do at home and what my wife uses between her Windows and Fedora stuff.
I have a similar setup with one additional HDD as a backup for the shared HDD. The backup HDD is bigger in size than the shared HDD. While I am on windows, I use synctoy to replicate what is in shared HDD to backup HDD. I haven’t found a easy to use tool to do the same replication while I work on Fedora.
I then made my onedrive-personal storage location in the shared HDD so I can sync some of the important personal documents with my work laptop. Then I realized that fedora cannot see the onedrive folder in the shared HDD.
Then I migrated to googledrive and made googledrive storage location in the shared HDD. Fedora mounts to the googledrive in the cloud and not to the googledrive in the shared HDD. There is a huge lag while editing files directly from the googledrive in cloud from Fedora.