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Old 08-25-2011, 06:20 AM   #1
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Sharing data between Windows 7 and Linux


I use primarily Windows 7. Now I want to get started with Linux. Ubuntu is for now my favorite one.

Before I install Linux, Iíve some basic question about sharing existing data: Is it possible to access other partitions where Windows 7 is installed? Is that also possible across other hard discs? As I know, Linux uses other partition formats as Windows 7. Does it work fine?
 
Old 08-25-2011, 06:27 AM   #2
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Hello skew, welcome to LQ,

in general it is no problem to access any Windows-partition from Linux. But Windows itself is not able to access Linux-partitions.

There are manuals in the internet, read for example here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mo...dowsPartitions

The limitations are that one operatingsystem doesn't know about the users of the other and so the filepermissions will not work. This means when accessing Windowspartitions from Linux, everything is shown as executeable (without any permissions). It is possible (and I would recommend it for security) to mount a Windows-partition from Linux in a way that only root has write-access to the windows partition.

Another approach is to create a "shared" datapartition for both, Windows and Linux with the FAT32-filesystem (which can both access), but here also are no permissions. Every user can delete everything on a FAT32-partition, it is not useful for important data.

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Old 08-25-2011, 12:31 PM   #3
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on the other hand

IF you only need to access certain files and folder, you might consider DROPBOX. There are clients for Linux, Windows, and those expensive little fruit machines.
 
  


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