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Old 03-26-2005, 07:17 PM   #1
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Seeing a Linux drive from Windows and copying files from the Linux drive?


I have recently reinstalled Windows XP. The main reason is that I had to install the Creative Labs software that allows me to use my Zen Jukebox NX since the Linux client I have been using, Gnomad2, has started acting up since I got up to about 25 gigs on my 40 gig player. Problem is, all of my mp3s are on my Linux hard drive(I have a separate Windows drive).

Is there any app for Windows that will allow me to see Linux drives and copy files from them? I am susupecting there is not. Or possible I could try writing to NTFS from Linux?

I am running ProMepis.

Thanks.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 07:34 PM   #2
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Alvis:

I assume from your post that both Windows and Linux drives are in the same machine? Then you have a problem. Linux will read NTFS (sort-of) , but won't write to it. Windows will not see a Linux filesystem on the same machine no matter what you do.

Two suggestions:

1) Using partition magic, or similar, create a new partition out of the XP NTFS partition, and make it FAT32 instead of NTFS. Boot into Linux, and move your files to the FAT32 partition. Both Linux and XP work well with FAT32. When you go back to Windows XP, it will read and write the FAT32 volume just fine.

2) In Linux, use K3B or similar to write your files out to a CD or a DVD. When you boot back into Windows, they can be read from the CD or the DVD.

Of the two, the second one is probably going to be safer. Adding a partition to your hard drive AFTER Linux is already installed may mess it up, as it may not be able to find itself when booting.

The long-term solution? If you MUST use XP and Linux on the same box, create a FAT32 partition to begin with, and use it for storing all your data. Another great way to do this is to have two boxes. One with XP, and the other with Linux, and connect them through a small ethernet network. Used boxes are cheap, and each OS is then responsible for managing its own filesystem. No incompatibilities.

Frank.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 07:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I wouldn't have thought of this without it. I believe I'll be transferring my mp3s over to my modded xbox and then copying them to my Windows drive.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 08:00 PM   #4
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Alvis:

>I believe I'll be transferring my mp3s over to my modded xbox and then copying them to my Windows drive.<

Just about any way of putting the files on removable media that can be read from either OS will work.

Glad to have been of some help, at least.

Frank.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 08:03 PM   #5
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here is some tools

Exolorer2fs

visualrftool
 
  


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