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Old 04-05-2004, 03:44 PM   #1
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Smile How do I use a Linux partition from Windows XP?

Anybody knows how to use a linux partition with Windows XP?

I'd installed both systems and i can mount tha NTFS partition without problems but i cann't use the Linux partition with WinXP.

I'm using Red Hat 9.

I'll thankful with you.
Old 04-05-2004, 03:47 PM   #2
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you can do that with VMWare (i think), but that costs money, in excess of $100 US.
Old 04-05-2004, 04:13 PM   #3
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There is an app called Explore2fs which lets you view your ext2 formatted partitions. I've not used it myself, so I can't say how well it works (or doesn't work).

I found a link for it:
Old 04-05-2004, 04:25 PM   #4
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Yes, You can use Explore2fs for Ext2 and ext3 partitions.
Also you can download Total Commander and you can use it browse linux partitions - ext2 and ext3, but before that, you have to download plugin to access Linux partition
Here is the URL to the homepage from where you can download the application. The plugins are also there
Old 04-05-2004, 07:21 PM   #5
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thanks for the above reply it is very useful to me
Old 04-05-2004, 09:32 PM   #6
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It depends on how you are defining "using a Linux partition with XP". As a general rule, Linux can read successfully from a Windows partition, but writing to a Windows partition is still very much in the Experimental stage, which generally means that although it can work successfully, don't be too surprised if it doesn't.

I had not been aware of tools (apart from VMware) that would permit XP to access a Linux partition, but evidently the Explore2fs does allow it. Thanks for the info. -- J.W.
Old 04-05-2004, 09:34 PM   #7
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If you are talking dual boot then it looks like your question has been answered but I have a roommate that uses my samba server from her XP Samba is my 2 cents.
Old 04-06-2004, 12:39 AM   #8
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Hey!.. Thanks everyone for your answers. I tried downloading and installing Total Commander 6.02 on my WinXP partition and it works great!... I just wanted to use some files that i had on my Linux partition.

Thanks again.
Old 04-06-2004, 12:52 AM   #9
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Yeah, Linux is always useful, even when Windoze is running. lol


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