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Old 09-27-2003, 01:15 PM   #1
czosnek
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getting files from xp partition to linux


hi, i'm new to the world of linux, i installed mandrake 9.1 a couple days ago

let me explain my situation:
i have 1 60 gig hardrive
i dual boot xp and mandrake
i let mandrake do all the installing so i'm guessing a SWAP partition was not made
i'm on a home network with 3 xp boxes that i have free access to
Also when i check in windows my c: drive appears to be FAT32

SO....
what would be the easiest, most painless (i still don't know much about linux) way to get some files off windows and into linux?

i could create a swap but would that require me to lose everything on the linux partition and reinstall?

i read that i could use SAMBA but that sounds like a lot of work to configure and all

i've also read that linux can see/write to FAT32...is my windows partition really fat32?? and in that case how do i access it in linux?

any help would be appreciated thanks
 
Old 09-27-2003, 01:31 PM   #2
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the swap partition has nothing to do with getting files from your windows partition. Usually, your windows partition should be mounted under /mnt/win_c or something like that. Just look in the /mnt directory. You can read but not write to an NTFS partition and if it's FAT32, you can read and write to it.
 
Old 09-27-2003, 01:42 PM   #3
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Check your /etc/fstab to see how Windows is mounted. If it shows hda1 (normally) as vfat and it mounts without errors it is indeed FAT32.
 
Old 09-27-2003, 01:51 PM   #4
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k i went to /mnt and did find windows

i can read and write to c: from linux, so i guess it is FAT32 and there is no problem

i was just confused by all the posts about NTFS, i'm not sure if i did a special install of xp or what but mine is FAT32

thanks for the help guys
 
Old 09-27-2003, 03:21 PM   #5
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another problem

i find that my browser window freezes when i try to look into the /mnt directory

i am able to look into it in the terminal but not in any sort of graphical application

for example, i'm trying to set up direct connect and i want to share folders from my xp partition but the program hangs when i click on the mnt folder

what is wrong? and can i even share stuff from my c: drive for direct connect running in linux?
 
Old 09-27-2003, 05:13 PM   #6
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I don't know anything about direct connect but the problem with not being able to go into /mnt might be due to supermount (a feature that automatically mounts cds and floppies). You can disable it by:
1. make a backup copy of your /etc/fstab
2. as root do
supermount -i disable
3. reboot

maybe this helps.
 
  


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