I use Linux for most of the things but I still need Windows sometimes. So, I have Linux Mint 14 and Windows 8 installed (dual-booting) on my computer with the following disk setup:
sda1: The 350 MB partition Windows 8 allocates (I still don't know why.)
sda2: Windows installation
sda3: My shared NTFS drive
sda5: Linux Mint 14 installation
sda6: Swap area for Linux Mint
Most of my files are in
sda3 which I share between the two OSs (kind of like my backup partition). I can access it from both operating systems. However, sometimes my files get corrupted.
Example: I recently downloaded Eclipse and extracted it to a folder in sda3 drive in Linux Mint. It was working fine. Then when I switched to Windows, it asked me to repair my drives because there were some errors. I accepted, Windows did some scanning and restarted. When I switched back to Linux Mint, I noticed that Eclipse wasn't working. When I checked, most of the files in Eclipse folder were corrupted. Similar things happen other way around as well. Sometimes I'm not able to see and/or open files in Windows that I created/downloaded in Linux Mint. I'm tired of losing files like this.
Is it a hardware issue? (My computer is kind of old)
If not related to hardware, is there a better way to share data between OSes than what I currently have? (a separate NTFS partition for both)