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Old 06-25-2011, 02:20 AM   #1
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How to view files from multiple Linux installs.

I have four hard drives in my machine with several different O/S installs.
I have a couple of Linux distros, win xp, and win 7.
I'm wanting to view all my files in a file manager such as Dolphin but it only shows the Pardus that I am running and the other Windows installs.
My other Linux installs do not appear.
I've recently switched from Windows where I am used to seeing all the different Windows installs on windows explorer.
Is this not possible to do in Linux?
If so, please tell me how. I know this is a super simple question but not for this newbie.
I am wanting to move some files from one system to the other and this is frustrating not being able to see them.
Loving my Pardus Linux just the same!
Thanks for any help.
Old 06-25-2011, 03:15 AM   #2
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Seeing the other filesystems

Did you install linux first? Linux does not differentiate separate drives with drive letters like windows and is more concerned with partitions

In my case I have a test box where linux was installed first then windows XP and other linux distros mounted in different partitions, I then use GRUB to select which OS I'm using.

In all the linux variants I can see my disks and alternate filesystems in my filemanager at the top level "Computer" (I'm using nautilus). This shows Physical devices such as Hard Disks, directly connected and NFS mounted, directly connected DVD drives etc. on the hard drive there is the windows XP partition (dev/sda1) which is shown as "128 GB Hard Disk: 40 GB Filesystem" and the other linux partitions show as separate filesystems.

In Win XP "My Computer" only shows me that which belongs to Windows and other connected devices such as scanners and printers which you will find elsewhere in Linux.
Old 06-25-2011, 03:33 AM   #3
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mount them in fstab
or let the system auto mount

for example
i use fstab to mount a DATA drive and /,/home for SL6 on OpenSUSE
but let the two ntfs auto mount but needing root authorization
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Hi Freebird;
Any time you want to access a partition in linux, it must be mounted first. You can either do that manually with the mount command in a terminal (see man mount) or automattically as John VV said, with appropriate entry in /etc/fstab (edit as root or su). ex:/dev/disk/by-labe/openSUSE-11.3 / ext4 acl,user_xattr 1 1 (modify this to suit your situation).

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Signing off for the night when I got my email on this.
I will try this tomorrow.
Thanks bunches for the help!


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