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Old 01-30-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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Exclamation Urgent! How to get files in Linux with Windows while dual booting?

I need to know how can I recover files that I created using KDE Kubuntu using Windows XP.

I don't know what happen but when using Kubuntu and downloading some updates, the system turns off by itself.

So I just turn it on again, but now I can't start Linux.

I don't have time to repair it, I was doing work things and I need to recover a file urgently.

Please I need some help

Thanks in advance

Edit: I just want to browse my entire HDD using XP, including the Linux partition.

Last edited by ishuaia; 01-30-2008 at 05:26 PM.
Old 01-30-2008, 05:28 PM   #2
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If you're using an ext3 file system on linux, you can try using the ext3 drivers for windows.

If not, I'd boot up with a Live CD (your Kubuntu CD probably will function as a live CD), then copy the files from the linux install on the hard disk to somewhere on the windows partition.

For future reference, when I dual boot I keep a shared FAT32 partition where I keep shared files. Then they're easily accessed from either windows or linux.
Old 01-30-2008, 05:31 PM   #3
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You'll need to use a live cd. Puppy is the smallest and most user friendly. And it can write back to the same cd or dvd. You can also use it to write that file right back onto your windows XP partition.

There are ext3 drivers I've used for windows xp, but they ended up screwing up that filesystem, and I doubt you need more problems.


If you want to try them, google is your friend.

Good luck with that....

Last edited by budword; 01-30-2008 at 05:36 PM.
Old 01-30-2008, 05:37 PM   #4
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I have Ubuntu 7 Live CD here.

Please I need step by step instructions.

Should I boot from the CD or just put the CD in the drive while using XP?

And after that?

Thanks a lot guys, you are saving my life.

I'm using Kubuntu with the LIVE CD now, where can I find the files?

Last edited by ishuaia; 01-30-2008 at 05:46 PM.
Old 01-30-2008, 05:52 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I recovered the file. Thanks a lot for the help both

Last edited by ishuaia; 01-30-2008 at 06:11 PM.


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