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Old 12-09-2007, 01:30 AM   #1
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How to share files between Windows and Linux in same machine


Dear Friends,

I am very new to Linux.I have installed two OS Windows and Linux in same machine.(i.e -dual booted machine). I want to know how can I manage to share files between these two OS ? Please guide me in this regards.
 
Old 12-09-2007, 01:52 AM   #2
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Hi,

The more information you give, more helpfull the answers will be.

What is the filesystem used by Windows (Fat32, NTFS)?

What is the filesystem used by Linux (Reiserfs, Ext2, Ext3...)?

If we know that, we can guide you better, for instance, if windows is using fat, you can mount that partition on linux using vfat and you'll be able to write the windows partition from linux, if it is ntfs, you'll need to mount it using ntfs-3g for example so you can write the windows partition from linux.

While in windows, if you have linux using ext2 or ext3 you can use a program called explore2f or if linux is using reiserfs, you could use rfsgui, the only thing is that, both, explore2fs and rfsgui let you only access the linux partitions, you could copy a file from the linux partition using any of those programs and put it in windows, but you can't write the linux partition from windows.


What I'm saying here is very generic because you don't give too much details, but it should put you in the right direction, if you have more questions, just ask



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Old 12-09-2007, 05:22 AM   #3
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Dear Friends,

I am very new to Linux.I have installed two OS Windows and Linux in same machine.(i.e -dual booted machine). I want to know how can I manage to share files between these two OS ? Please guide me in this regards.
this depends on a couple of things,
Do you want to be able to write direct to windows or linux? in this case you need to ensure both os's contain the necassary app's to write to each others filesystem, ie: an app in windows to write to the linux filesystem, and the same vice a versa for linux...

have you got some spare space on the hard drive, that you could partition and format as fat32? in this case, you will be able to mount the existing ntfs filesystem, as read/only and search for things, but to store for the win os to use, you would use the fat32 partition, as both os's can read/write freely to it..with no mods to either one, required....


if you dont have a spare partition, but can spare a gig or two of drive space, then you could use gparted and gain the extra space that way....
 
Old 12-09-2007, 06:16 AM   #4
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file share between windows and linux in same machine

my os is windows xp and file system is fat 32. the other os is fedora 6 which is ext3 file system. I cannot understand how to transfer files or directory between these two os ( they are in same machine).I mounted the drive with vfat command but I cannot understand what to do next. Plz guide me detailed procedures..
 
Old 12-09-2007, 09:21 AM   #5
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Was XP installed with FAT32?--Probably OK, but seems unusual.

Linux will read and write FAT32, but you will not be able to set permissions. If you have mounted the "drive" (I assume you mean the Windows partition), then you should be able to cd to it and see the files. Do you know what directory you mounted it to? (eg something like /mnt/windows or /media/windows.

I prefer to to keep shared data in a separate ext3 partition. This is accessed from Windows using the ext2fsd utility.
 
Old 12-09-2007, 10:16 AM   #6
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I have a query....As a new user to Linux, please suggest me which version of linux is most easy to operate because I have been working in Windows platform....so want to know which one is ease to operate ? opensuse..fedora...ubuntu...? please suggest me? (I am working in fedora 6 but there are some dependencies problem when installing software...there are also some bugs...)
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:28 AM   #7
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Fedora is a good one for starters, but if you want, try ubuntu or mandriva.


Dependency problems are not rare, they happen, in some distros more than others, there is a user in the forum that have in his signature a list of distros for starters but I can't find it =/ anyway, if fedora isn't good enough for you, try ubuntu and see how it works for you.



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Old 12-09-2007, 10:31 AM   #8
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I have a query....As a new user to Linux, please suggest me which version of linux is most easy to operate because I have been working in Windows platform....so want to know which one is ease to operate ? opensuse..fedora...ubuntu...? please suggest me? (I am working in fedora 6 but there are some dependencies problem when installing software...there are also some bugs...)
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You are hijacking your own thread!!! Since the title is about sharing files, you may not get a lot of answers.

Any distro in the top 5-10 on the distrowatch "hit list" is going be similar in terms of ease of installation and use.

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but there are some dependencies problem when installing software...there are also some bugs...
Can't get much help with statements like this.....WHAT problems?, WHAT bugs?

RedHat/Fedora are not my favorites--I would try (in no particular order): PCLinuxOS, Kubuntu, Mepis, OpenSUSE. Having said this, beware of switching distros because something is not working.
 
Old 12-10-2007, 01:47 AM   #9
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Can anyone tell me does Opensuse and suse same or different? Opensuse is freely available but whats about suse...I really dont know....I am using fedora 6 but there are some dependencies problem regarding installation . Again it does not support mp3 or other video/audio format...so please suggest me which distro is ease to use in these purpose...and does opensuse support rpm format like fedora ?
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:41 AM   #10
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With either Fedora or OpenSuSE you will need to download packages from a third party repository to play MP3s or DVDs. There is a sticky on the top of the Fedora Forum on this page which gives the address of a repo for that.

For OpenSUSE, since you asked, there is a YaST2 module for selecting "Community Repositories". When I upgraded from 10.2, I found that these repos worked better than the sites I was using before.

And yes, both SuSE and Fedora use RPMs.
But you don't want to install an rpm for Fedora on SuSE or vice-versa. You will cause dependency issues. Look for an RPM for your distro and version. Either one of the third party repositories or going to http://rpm.pbone.net

Last edited by jschiwal; 12-10-2007 at 06:18 AM.
 
Old 12-10-2007, 01:26 PM   #11
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Dear friends,

I want to change the appearance of terminal/ bash shell. I want to put my name at the begining of the bash shell/terminal every time its opened.(So I like to put anything at the beginning of the skin of terminal).How can I manage to do it? How can I change the appearance of terminal permanently?
 
Old 01-27-2008, 08:11 AM   #12
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Hi

I'm also dual booting Windows XP and openSUSE 10.3. I've approx. 2500 media files (on Linux) that I want to share between these OSs. Files should be read-writeable on Linux and at least readable on Windows.
So, can you please guide me the best way for this; which filesystem is the best for the job.
It is ok for me to create a new partition appropriate for the job. BTW all the partitions in Windows are NTFS and on Linux are ReiserFS (3.x).

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