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Old 12-09-2004, 11:17 PM   #1
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Dual Boot Problems

My XP install recently stopped working for some odd reason, I have a feeling it was because i have FC3 installed on same drive on different partition because it only stopped working after instlaling Linux. But anyway, I want to back up my data but Maxblast and Norton Ghost 9 haven't seem to been working. Is there a way that I can copy the files from my NTFS mounted XP Pro SP 2 drive to my backup drive that is empty atm, it has 3 partitions, two NTFS and another without a fs but I can put whichever file system I need. Only problem is I don't know how to format or partition in linux :/ Any thoughts?
Old 12-09-2004, 11:59 PM   #2
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if mkdosfs is on your machine, you can format with mkdosfs -F32 /dev/hd?? using the device name. be sure to mount with mount -t vfat /dev/hd??. then you can copy all the windows files to that drive. if you get ahold of helix knoppix, it has support for writing to ntfs drives booted from that cdrom.
you'll need to change the partition type of the partition with fdisk so that windows will be able to read the drives. linux will read them fine without doing that. try type c i guess for most fat32 drives.


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