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Old 12-09-2005, 01:17 PM   #1
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Question how can I see linux partitions using windows xp and viceversa?


so I have a fedora 4 linux and a windows Xp and I want to be able to see the linux partitions on windows and viceversa.
i know that there are special programs for windows and special rpms for linux but i don't know where to fond theme.
please help!
 
Old 12-09-2005, 03:05 PM   #2
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Old 12-09-2005, 03:15 PM   #3
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Most linux distributions are capable of reading windows partitions (FAT and NTFS).
It's simply a matter of mounting them

for example
Code:
mount /dev/hdXY /mnt/windows -t ntfs
Would mount the ntfs windows partition /dev/hdXY to the directory /mnt/windows.

Of course to do this you need to know which device is your windows partition



Not sure about reading linux partitions from windows, but you'd definitely need to install some third party tools to do it.
 
Old 12-09-2005, 03:24 PM   #4
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A couple of things to note:

1. It is not advised and probably presents a serious risk to your data to try to use Linux to write to an NTFS partition, but read-only should be fine.

2. As far as I know, Windows does not have a means to read or write to Linux (ext2, ext3, ReiserFS) partitions. The best way to share data between the two OSs is to create a FAT32 partition using some Windows partitioning tool. That way, Windows will automatically see and be able to access it, and you can easily mount it on Linux and read/write to it. The only thing to be aware of is that you shouldn't get used to putting Linux applications or a significant amount of data on it since FAT32 doesn't have any of the permissions structure that Linux partitions do, and it needs to be defragmented, again unlike ext2, ext3, and ReiserFS.
 
Old 12-09-2005, 05:51 PM   #5
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Look at
http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/explore2fs.htm
http://p-nand-q.com/download/rfstool.html
Ciao
 
Old 12-09-2005, 10:00 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jrdioko
A couple of things to note:

1. It is not advised and probably presents a serious risk to your data to try to use Linux to write to an NTFS partition, but read-only should be fine.

2. As far as I know, Windows does not have a means to read or write to Linux (ext2, ext3, ReiserFS) partitions. The best way to share data between the two OSs is to create a FAT32 partition using some Windows partitioning tool. That way, Windows will automatically see and be able to access it, and you can easily mount it on Linux and read/write to it. The only thing to be aware of is that you shouldn't get used to putting Linux applications or a significant amount of data on it since FAT32 doesn't have any of the permissions structure that Linux partitions do, and it needs to be defragmented, again unlike ext2, ext3, and ReiserFS.
yes jrdioko is right its not advisable to write in an ntfs partition. thats why use fat32 as my file system in xp.

heres my entry in my fstab:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/win vfat user,umask=222 00

this gives you read only access to your win partition....

umask=000 (this gives you full write access to the drive/win partition)

umask=022 (only root has full write access to the drive/win partition)
 
  


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