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I have a friends PC which had XP installed and onto which he installed Koala. I don'y know much about it but it seems that there is an ubuntu directory in the XP filesystem in which there is a 16gb file named root disk.
The machine can no longer boot in either xp or unbuntu but I can put the hardrive elswhere and copy files. Is there anyway to access the contents of root disk which is obviously the root filesystem of his former unbuntu install?
Supposedly, Windows does NOT have Ext<anything> support, so if you want to access an Ubuntu installation from Windows, you would need to use a third-party utility. And I don't know of any third-party utility for Windows that gives it Ext4/3/2 support.
As for WUBI, if Windows can't boot, neither can it. And GRUB 2 also cannot boot WUBI, because it has trouble booting loop devices. WUBI will be removed from Lucid, for the last reason I specified.
I after seeing me run xp in vbox he decided he just wants a linux install as he only needs xp for running the MPLab IDE and a few othe minor things with no Linux equivalent. I've reformated the hda already, no Dell partition and no xp partitition and have Slack current installed as its the only Linux I'm familar with. I just have to see If I can recover some of his kid's schoolwork which was in O.O. on the Ubuntu root image which is now on a second 500mb hd which he will use for timeshifting dvb.
Unless there has been a change, usb devices cannot be accessed when running on wine and the PICKit2 programmer is a usb programmer. When I started messing with microchips I tried to find/use Linux based aps but functionality was limited and not all microchips are supported.
He and his daughters mucked along without any coaching on Ubuntu. I'm putting together a slackbox running current and kde-4.4 and locking it down they are not powerusers or hackers. They'll be allright and if he still gets into grief he can call me up and I can talk him through the situation on the phone. I'm not keen on learning a new distro just to support a friend.