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Old 09-10-2005, 07:58 PM   #1
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Can Linux manipulate Windows partition?


I notice that I can't move or delete files on my Windows partition from within Linux (although, of course, they can be read). Is there any way to give Linux more access?
 
Old 09-10-2005, 08:04 PM   #2
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What is the file format of your windows Partition? Is it FAT or NTFS? If it is NTFS then I think you can only read and won't be able to write (although I'm not 100% sure on this)
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Old 09-10-2005, 08:04 PM   #3
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Is it NTFS or FAT? Did you try editing/moving/deleting as root?

If you can do it as root, then edit /etc/fstab and add "users" to the options of the partition.

I don't know if that works with NTFS though...

As an alternative, I would suggest moving your shared files (between Linux and Windows) onto a partition formatted with FAT32 if you are running NTFS (the default format for WindowsXP).

[EDIT: Added alternative suggestion]

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Old 09-10-2005, 08:11 PM   #4
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These instructions are for Ubuntu, but they should work for any distribution (just ignore the sudo stuff and use root or su):

http://ubuntuguide.org/#automountntfs
http://ubuntuguide.org/#automountfat
 
Old 09-10-2005, 08:21 PM   #5
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I think it is the current policy of Linux not to write on a NTFS partition and that got nothing to do with privilege.

Any system data from WIndows has no use in Linux. Users having a problem are those who mix their personal data with the operating system. It is a lot safer to store the personal data in a neutral partition. Never let an operating system to down with your own work.

As already pointed out one can always read data from a NTFS partition and leave the amended data in a FAT32 partition for Windows to get it back.

It can be very dangerous to change NTFS partition because XP and Win2k store their system data.

For example partition type 7 is NTFS but 17 is hidden NTFS. The latter will not be mounted by XP/Win2k but Linux can mount and see it. What's more all the XP/Win2K hidden files are fully visible in Linux.
 
Old 09-10-2005, 08:53 PM   #6
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"It is a lot safer to store the personal data in a neutral partition. Never let an operating system to down with your own work."

I wish I had thought of that seven years ago, when I received my first modern (Windows 95) computer. Within a few weeks of my copying all my high school notes to the HD, my entire corpus of notes from one much-loved class mysteriously disappeared. I think I've been angry with Windows ever since.
 
Old 09-11-2005, 07:37 AM   #7
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One side effect of integrating the user's personal data with the operating sysytem is that a user does not need to know where the data has been stored and gradually becomes incapable of finding where his/her data located in the directories - a good tactic to ensure the survival of the operating system that cannot openly compete on technical merits or cost.
 
  


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