Disk corruption with vfat?
From: Gerhard W. Gruber (sparhawk_at_gmx.at)
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 10:53:02 +0100
My disk is 160GB large and I use a vfat32 partition, which has been
partitioned using W2K as a kind of interface table to exchange data between
Linux and Windows on my dual boot machine. Now I experiecen quite frequetly
disk corruptions on my windows boot drive and I wonder why. The disks are new.
Before that I had 80GB disks with the same setup and I never had this problem.
The software and everything is the same, so it shouldn't be that. Windos had
some problems with thes large disks and I had to activate teh LBA48 path in
order to make them work. Linux had no such problems and could use the disks
immediately, but since I'm now experience this problems I wonder if there are
known issues with it.
I'm running Gentoo with the most current portage tree and kernel
2.6.7-gentoo-r11. The disks are two 160GB disks and on containes all windows
partitions with the boot partition for Linux. The other contains only linux
Windows is running W2K SP4.
My swap space is configured in such a way that it uses a seperate 2GB vfat
partition that is also used by W2K for swapping. But I don't think that this
is the problem because swap is always activated on boot and I have no
corruption experienced just by booting linux. It seems that this only happens
when I mount the exchange partition and write something to it. The vfat for
this is about 14GB and formatted with 1K clustersize.
-- Gerhard Gruber SoftICE for Linux - http://pice.sourceforge.net/ http://sourceforge.net/projects/desktoptools