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Originally posted by izibo I plan on installing Windows XP on a 15gb partition (160gb total drive space) and then installing RH9...
How would I go about accessing my RH9 files through windows and my windows files through RH9?
unless i'm mistaken, windows won't be able to recognize your linux filesystem. to read windows files from linux, you will have to mount the appropriate drives (search google.com/linux for how to mount the windows drive/s once you are set up. it is not difficult, and you can modify your /etc/fstab file to do it automatically every time you boot).
one way to share files from when you are in linux that you want to be able to access in windows would be to set up a FAT32 "transfer" partition on which to store the files. i think linux can recognize (or be made to recognize NTFS), but it still might be a bit dodgy. better to use FAT32 and just transfer what you need from linux to the FAT32, and then access them from XP.
In XP, you must change the security of your folders and files, both for sharing, and to let any user have full read/write access to the files, or else you'll only be able to read them in Linux. If the folders and files are marked Read Only (which XP does by default), you'll not be able to copy them in your Linux partition. I'm sure you've already read this from your Google/Linux search, or from searching these forums.
Something is wrong in my XP now, for they change will not stay changed. That's okay though, for as soon as I learn The Gimp a little better, and learn something to replace PageMaker, I'll format my XP drive and put another Linux distro in it's place.