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Old 01-28-2005, 08:45 PM   #1
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dual booting linux/windows but can't access the partitions

Well linux CAN read windows but can't write in the windows partition, I haven't figured out where my linux partition went in windows... can I get to it? Anyone know how to solve this problem?
Old 01-28-2005, 08:58 PM   #2
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You got it right, no Windows cannot access linux file system but Linux can access Dos file systems ( according to my boot manager's documentation ), as far as Linux writing to a dos partition I believe it should be able to as just the other day I tried downloading an ISO cd image from Mandrake to my second HD with Fat 32 file system & it was happening but I latter canceled because of my turtle Internet it was gonna take to long.
PS: I could not delete the partial download from Windows XP Pro, it would not allow me to do anything with it, I had to use Windows ME or 98SE ( forget which one ) to delete the file. Next time I started Windows XP Pro it forced a file system check & did repairs to my data drive HD1

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Old 01-28-2005, 09:00 PM   #3
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Windows cannot see ext*, riserfs, or whatever filesystem format linux uses. There are a few tools to access an ext filesystem from windows out there.

As far as writing to ntfs it is not safe to do. No gaurantee that it works perfectly. One can corrupt ntfs filesystem. It may not happen but can. If you must move files to ntfs use at your own risk no gaurentee. best option is to have a vfat partition. Linux and Windows can both see that type of filesystem. Neither have issues writing to vfat.

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