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Old 04-03-2008, 12:39 PM   #1
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Question Sharing Files on Vista Ubuntu Dual Boot

This question has to be answered somewhere on this forum, but I can't find it, so direct me please.

I have set up a dual boot as titled, both using default filesystem on one 500 gig hard drive, I rarely use vista anymore, but have tons of files (pdfs, zips, open office docs, jpgs, etc.) stored on the windows vista partition that I would like to access from ubuntu without rebooting - tried samba and plain old mount w/o much success.

Where should I be looking ?

Thank you in advance,

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Might be useful.


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Old 04-04-2008, 12:53 AM   #3
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Install the ntfs-3g package for read/write access which should also install some dependencies.
Then make a directory to access Vista in your Linux file system, unmount it in case it's mounted, then mount the Vista partition in read/write mode manually with commands similar to:
$ sudo mkdir /vista
$ sudo umount /dev/sda1
$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /vista
Your Vista partition should now be accessible via /vista with a file browser or through command line, assuming the Vista partition is the first partition on a SATA drive, otherwise change "/dev/sda1" to whatever is applicable.

I'm not sure, but I would think Ubuntu will automatically edit /etc/fstab file to enable read/write access upon re-booting to the Vista partition using ntfs-3g. If not, you'll have to search Ubuntu forums for a more precise tutorial for installing ntfs-3g.
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Here is how to use ntfs-3g in Ubuntu:
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This may help to.
Old 04-04-2008, 05:27 PM   #6
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Ok Seems to working

Thanks guys:

I think this is working now - at least for read only access - I can access the Vista partition from Ubuntu - haven't tried to write changes back to Vista - just copied files into Ubuntu and edited, and saved there since I have tons of free disk space right now.

Are there still any issues with writing to the Vista partition from Ubuntu or is that solved now? Ubuntu 7.10 BTW.


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