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August 3rd, 2009, 12:31 PM
Hey everybody!

I currently have my laptop dual booted with Ubuntu 9.04 and WinXP, and although I can view files from windows while in Ubuntu, I can't do the reverse, ie, when I'm in XP, i can't see any of my files from Ubuntu. The Ubuntu file system just shows up as one 17gig block on my HDD.

Are there any apps or the like that will allow me to see these files?



August 3rd, 2009, 12:39 PM
I believe that depends on whether you formatted with ext3 or ext4. The short answer is no. There are downloadable utilities to view ext3 partitions out there, but I cannot vouch for their reliability.

You might start here: http://freedownloads.rbytes.net/search/ext3-viewer/

August 3rd, 2009, 12:44 PM
ok cool - how do I find that out?

August 3rd, 2009, 12:49 PM
cancel that - it's ext3

August 3rd, 2009, 12:59 PM
http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net/ ;)

August 3rd, 2009, 01:34 PM
The ext2ifs (http://www.fs-driver.org/) driver for windows works perfectly for my ext3 partitions.

Paddy Landau
August 3rd, 2009, 01:53 PM
You can also try Ext2fsd (https://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsd/), which handles a wider range of implementations than Ext2ifs, and explicitly handles ext3 journalling, which Ext2ifs doesn't.

Bear in mind that they both don't handle ext4.

August 3rd, 2009, 02:17 PM
Hey thanks for the ideas guys - however these aren't really options that are helping. I think it's to do with the fact that I'm not running a seperate partition that is ext3 for the ubuntu install, rather on my windows C: there is a ubuntu installation, similar to a normal program.

The "filesystem file" is "C:\ubuntu\disks\root.disk". The only reason I know that this is the file is because of the size of it (17gig.)

Paddy Landau
August 3rd, 2009, 02:45 PM
The "filesystem file" is "C:\ubuntu\disks\root.disk". The only reason I know that this is the file is because of the size of it (17gig.)
Ah, you've installed using Wubi. That's an entirely different matter.

AFAIK, you can't see your Ubuntu files from Windows in this case. Sorry.

You'd be advised to create a separate partition and dual-boot; that way you will be able to.

Mark Phelps
August 3rd, 2009, 08:22 PM
The link below is to the Wubi Guide where it shows you how to migrate your Wubi installation to its own partition so you don't lose what you've already installed:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide%C2%A0#How%20do%20I%20migrate%20to%20a%20 real%20partition,%20and/or%20get%20rid%20of%20Windows%20entirely?

August 5th, 2009, 10:34 AM
cheers for that!