View Full Version : [ubuntu] Partition issue with WinXP

July 28th, 2008, 05:03 PM
Hi there everyone, Im a novice linux user and I just installed Ubuntu 8.04 this morning. My problem is I'm trying to access the files on the windows portion of my pc, but i can't seem to.

From what I understand, I should just have to mount the windows partition, but I can't find it! When I run
$ sudo fdisk -l
it returns only two partitions:

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 30400 244187968+ 42 SFS
/dev/sda2 30401 30401 8032+ 42 SFS

When I mount the first it tells me its already in use, so I assumed then that i had mistakenly overwritten the whole XP OS drive with ubuntu, but XP still boots fine. Any help would be really appreciated.

Oh, and if it makes any difference when I installed ubuntu I did it from within windows by mounting the disk to a virtual drive using Daemon Tools Pro.

BTW, this is the code I input

$ sudo mkdir /mnt/winxp
$ sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /mnt/winxp

Thanks in advance!

July 28th, 2008, 05:11 PM
Did you install Ubuntu using Wubi? You mentioned that you mounted the ISO from within Windows and performed the install from there. Unless you used Wubi or installed into a Virtual Machine, I don't know how you did that. Is the system dual booting or do you always load Windows first and then run Ubuntu from within it?