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Thread: External Hard Drive

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    External Hard Drive

    Hello!

    I just registered to Ubuntu Forums, because I decided to install Ubuntu to my PC permanently.

    I would to like to ask something. A few months ago I tried to install Linux Ubuntu, and I did so. I was excited with the OS, but when I plugged my external HD on my PC and copied my files, and then gave the HD to my Windows-user friend (who gave it to me), Windows could not access any of the files on the HD. Does anybody know why? After using an external HD with linux why can't you reuse it with Windows? And if possible, may I know what to do, so that my files can be accessed in both Operating Systems?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: External Hard Drive

    Have you checked to see if the files are not hidden? In windows that is.
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    Re: External Hard Drive

    Yes. I checked the files, but the problems appear only after i connect the HD to linux. What shall I do? I am usually using both OS...Not everyone has linux...

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    Re: External Hard Drive

    If you formatted your hard drive into any kind of ext format, windows won't be able to read it, because it is not designed to recognize any ext format at all. (ext, ext 2/3/4)

    So you didn't format it? Hmm...sry, not a clue.
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    Re: External Hard Drive

    So you are able to access the hard drive using windows after you've tried it a few times?
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    Re: External Hard Drive

    No I didn't format my external HD. I just plugged it on Linux PC and afterwards Windows could not access the files

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    Re: External Hard Drive

    Do you mean your win7 pc couldn't see the files or the files wouldn't work?
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    Re: External Hard Drive

    Yes, let's look a little more deeply.

    Are you using FAT32 on the external?
    Which version of Windows are we discussing?
    Can Windows access the drive at all?
    Can Windows write to the drive?
    Can Windows see the files?
    Can Windows get a property dialog for a file?
    Give us an example file name.
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    Re: External Hard Drive

    The files wouldn't work. I could see them, but not use them.

    My HD is NTFS.
    Windows 7
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Generally speaking, the HD works perfectly with windows 7 and Ubuntu. My only problem is that after it has been connected to Ubuntu, Windows cannot use the files written on the HD. I can use them only with linux. Even if I plug it once, and then remove it from Ubuntu System, Windows cannot use the files. I have to format the disk and then rewrite the files on it.

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    Re: External Hard Drive

    The files aren't protected in anyway are they? Does viewing the properties in windows 7 say they're read only or locked?
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