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I triple-boot my desktop and laptop (Linux, W7, XP), and have a pair of large NTFS partitions to share data (including my Steam library using symlink trickery) between all three operating systems. The downside is that the open source version of ntfs-3g is slow (still faster than using a VM), and its allocation strategy seems to cause extensive fragmentation.

To those wondering why VMs are insufficient, if you have work (or gaming) to be done that requires maximum performance in multiple operating systems, a VM is not fast enough. I develop software for my startup in Linux, write client software in XP, and do video work and game in all three.

This is kinda the situation I am in. But I stated that in the first few paragraphs of my post.

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