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Old 09-26-2005, 05:24 PM   #1
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windows to see logical fat32 partition


i got the idea to partition my hard drive to contain some free space formatted as fat32 so both linux and windows could use it, however i made the mistake to create that partition last, and it became a logical partition of an extended partition, and now I'm not sure why windows can't see it, because I screwed something or because Windows will never be able to see a logical part. on a linux created extended partition.

what should i do to make it work?

/dev/sda1 ~ ntfs (ACTIVE)
/dev/sda2 ~ ext3f ~ /
/dev/sda3 ~ ext3f ~ /home
/dev/sda4 ~ extended
- /dev/sda5 ~ ext3f ~ /mnt/linux (would be / for other distro)
- /dev/sda6 ~ ext3f ~ /usr/local
- /dev/sda7 ~ swap
- /dev/sda8 ~ fat32(in theory)

Can I make win to see it, or should I reformat the whole non-ntfs area and rearrange partitions?

thanks a lot,
Old 09-26-2005, 06:05 PM   #2
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- /dev/sda8 ~ fat32(in theory)
What do you mean 'in theory'? Have you formatted this partitiong as Fat32 yet? Can you mount this partition correctly in Linux and write a file to it?
Old 09-26-2005, 06:06 PM   #3
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my second "unneccessary" thread, coz i found the answer after posting - again.

i used powerquest partition magic 8 and deleted the /dev/sda8 partition on windows for fat32 and drive letter E:
windows immedately recognized it as RAW partition so I formatted with windows to fat32 again and now both windows both linux can handle and i'm terribly happy now


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