here is a very easy and quick way to share files between ubuntu and XP on a dual boot PC. The howto is for Feisty, but should work on other versions as well. This is a simplified method taken from many other more complex howto's with recognition to those publishers.
Howto Feisty Very easily share files on dual boot
Most Windows Partions nowadays are in NTFS format and Linux partions in EXT3. This means that natively they cannot read or write properly and safely to each other. On a dual boot PC the solution is easy and just requires a usefull application to be installed on each installation that will solve the problem. These applications are now fully stable and you do not need to use a seperate fat32 partition for sharing any more as was prescribed in the past and which is not very efficient.
Use Adept or Synaptic to install ntfs-config, which will then also download and install all required dependancies.
- Ubuntu or Kubuntu to access files in Windows XP
Ensure that universe repositories are enabled.
You will find a new menu entry that is called NTFS Configuration Tool. Just run it if you are using Ubuntu, but edit it first, before running it in Kubuntu, by right clicking on it and changing the line gksu ntfs-config to kdesu ntfs-config before running it.
This will then automatically configure the application and you will be asked for a name of the mountpoint in Ubuntu, give anything i.e. WinXP.
Now you should be able to see this WinXP drive together with your Ubuntu drives and use it.
Obviously you need to be careful and only really access the files and folders that are used for document, data etc. that the user keeps and not access the system files or carefully do this in case of messing up your installation.
- Win XP to access files in Ubuntu or Kubuntu
Go to http://www.fs-driver.org/
Download the application Ext2lFS_1_10c.exe or latest version and install on your XP.
You will be shown a graphic display of your hard drives partitions and be able to select a drive name for the linux drive to be mapped to. You can use any one but suggest you use L (for Linux!) and only map to Ext3 and leave the swap unmapped.
You will now find a Drive L that is your Linux drive and you will be able to read and write to it in XP.