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Old 06-13-2007, 03:00 AM   #1
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Can a Windows primary access files from a non-ntfs/fat (read: linux) slave?


Question in title - I need to know if my main windows drive can read and write files to a slave drive with a non-Windows filesystem. Was considering screwing around with a few Linux distros but not if it'll cost me my slave's functionality as a file-bitch.

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Old 06-13-2007, 03:26 AM   #2
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Drives do not read or right files to or from anywhere.

Perhaps you want to know if Windows (which version) can read/write non-windows file systems. The answer is yes, using third party tools.

However, it is not a good idea to do this. Windows has been known to mess around with linux partitions it knows about (which have a drive letter in windows).

For your intended use, I would suggest resizing your file-bitch partition to make way for linux - the linux install disk has tools to do this safely. (Most users find themselves using the Windows partitions as the bitch after a while.) However, if your aim is just to have a look and see, I would suggest a more gradual approach by trying a live distribution first, then virtualisation. (The cool approach is to use a pendrive based distro.)
 
Old 06-13-2007, 03:42 AM   #3
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No problems so long as it's fat/fat32.
NTFS read/write is also now fairly well accepted in Linux - not all distros though.

So .... stick to fat32 (vfat) - I've been using it as common storage for years.
 
Old 06-13-2007, 03:45 AM   #4
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Simon: Thanks. One more question - if I were to follow your suggestion and resize my slave, would Linux be able to read and write files onto the bitch partition without trouble arising and without additional software?

Syg: Am I missing something here? I thought Linux couldn't be installed on a fat32 filesystem...am I completely and obscenely wrong about that?

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Old 06-13-2007, 03:54 AM   #5
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I wan't suggesting that - I was suggesting a (separate) "shared" partition for data exchange/sharing.
Given you were planning on playing with Linux I presumed you had (or were prepared to find) space for the partitions. This would merley be one more partition to create.
 
Old 06-13-2007, 05:35 AM   #6
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Ah. Right now I'm using the latest version of Ubuntu on a partition on my slave, and while I can read files just fine from the NTFS partitions, I cannot write to them in any way (I get a read-only disk error). Is there a way around this?
 
Old 06-13-2007, 06:02 AM   #7
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The application you want is called ntfs-3g
This can be installed via aptitude.

sudo aptitude install ntfs3g

find out how to use it with

man ntfs3g

using this for read/write access involves editing the /etc/fstab file
for more details see http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Feisty

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ffmpeg2theora ... converts proprietary format media files to the equivalent free format files. i.e. mp3 turns into ogg/vorbis and wmv turns into ogg/theora. Then you can play them without using dodgy plugins.

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