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    Shared partition between XP and Ubuntu does not work

    Hello Everyone

    I have a curious but acute problem. Hope someone can help me at the earliest. Here it goes

    I have a laptop, which has XP installed in it. It has a partition for data. I want to share this partition between XP and my live Ubuntu CD.

    Option 1: Access the NTFS data drive from Ubuntu. When I open the GPARTED, it shows the particular file system as "unknown". So I cannot mount it. Now I can format it to NTFS and load it. This works fine in Ubuntu.

    But the moment I go to Windows and tries to access this partition. It asks me to format it (even though it was created as a NTFS partition in Ubuntu).

    Option 2: Access the Ubuntu file system (If I format the data drive as EXT2), from windows. I tried many applications in windows like EXT2IFS etc, but none would allow me to open the Ext2 file. No matter what I do, the moment, I click on that drive in windows, it says, I need to format it.

    Is there any third way, to share data across the operating systems?

    Please let me know, if you need any further informations.

    thanks in advance for all your help

    BR
    Deeptiman
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    Re: Shared partition between XP and Ubuntu does not work

    There's something odd going on there.

    Assuming /dev/sda1 is your XP C: drive it should be showing up as NTFS as well (not unknown anyway).

    What make/model laptop is it?

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    Re: Shared partition between XP and Ubuntu does not work

    Mine is Dell latitude . The one most commonly given in all the offices. If you need any specifics, please let me know and I can get it for you.

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    Re: Shared partition between XP and Ubuntu does not work

    Try posting the output of the text-mode "sudo fdisk -lu" command. Please post it between "[code]" and "[/code]" strings for legibility.

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    Re: Shared partition between XP and Ubuntu does not work

    Here is the output of the command you requested for . Hope this helps...

    custom@custom:~$ sudo fdisk -lu

    Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x2bc92bc8

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 63 81915434 40957686 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 81915435 234436544 76260555 7 HPFS/NTFS

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    Re: Shared partition between XP and Ubuntu does not work

    The partition type codes are correct, which is what I thought might have been wrong. What do "blkid /dev/sda1" and "blkid /dev/sda2" produce? Those commands should identify the filesystem(s) in use on the partitions.

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