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January 3rd, 2009, 04:54 PM
Hi, just installed Ubuntu onto my wife's laptop, but she wanted to keep Windows XP 'just incase'. She wants to be able to access her files from the XP partition, which I know can be done. I've had problems doing this myself, wondering if anyone can help, as we're both PC newbs. :(

I've asked a similar question before, so I'll be predictive and tell you the outputs of various commands:

sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xb8abb8ab

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 2550 20482843+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 2551 4803 18097222+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 4804 4864 489982+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

sudo blkid

/dev/sda1: UUID="120C3A5A0C3A38D5" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda2: UUID="dd72559b-60d8-456d-9937-f31ffe79e3ef" TYPE="ext3"
/dev/sda3: TYPE="swap" UUID="b79735f2-d62b-447c-bdce-3be6b940bbb0"

cat /etc/fstab

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# /dev/sda2
UUID=dd72559b-60d8-456d-9937-f31ffe79e3ef / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /dev/sda3
UUID=b79735f2-d62b-447c-bdce-3be6b940bbb0 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0


/dev/sda2 on / type ext3 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
/sys on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
varrun on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=0755)
varlock on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=1777)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devshm on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
lrm on /lib/modules/2.6.24-22-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw)
securityfs on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/melissa/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=melissa)

Thanks very much in advance :)

January 3rd, 2009, 04:59 PM
Use ntfs-config to configure that ntfs partition.

Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ntfs-config
gksudo ntfs-config

January 3rd, 2009, 05:20 PM
Thanks, what would an example of what I might want the mount point to be? :)

January 3rd, 2009, 05:22 PM
Perhaps you could use /media/windows as the mount point for your ntfs partition. Then, there would be an icon on the desktop so she just has to click the icon to access that partition.

January 3rd, 2009, 06:49 PM
That's perfect, exactly what we wanted, we both thank you so much for your help! :D