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WindowsWeenie
September 21st, 2008, 08:21 PM
I installed Ubuntu with Wubi and dual boot with XP. Within Ubuntu I can access files stored on the XP partition. Is there any way to access files in the Ubuntu partition while in XP?

Also I've been having problems with media players as discussed here (http://entitledtoanopinion.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/cursed-technology/).

unutbu
September 21st, 2008, 08:25 PM
The ext2ifs driver will allow you to read and write to your Ubuntu ext3 filesystem from Windows. See http://www.fs-driver.org/

Although it may not be clear from reading the homepage, the FAQ (http://www.fs-driver.org/faq.html) states that among the features supported is:


Complete reading and writing access to files and directories of volumes with the Ext2 or Ext3 file system.

MasterNetra
September 21st, 2008, 08:32 PM
Really? I thought you had to transfer files to and from a Fat32 partition? Well thats one method at least anyway :P Sense both Ubuntu & Windows by default the only Partition type both share in recognition is Fat32. But if that driver thing works then by all means use it. Sense setting up a FAT32 partition can be a bit of a pain and wastes space that could otherwise go to either of your OS's.

egalvan
September 21st, 2008, 09:02 PM
Really? I thought you had to transfer files to and from a Fat32 partition? Well thats one method at least anyway :P Sense both Ubuntu & Windows by default the only Partition type both share in recognition is Fat32. Sense setting up a FAT32 partition can be a bit of a pain and wastes space that could otherwise go to either of your OS's.

Ubuntu Hardy supports NTFS out-of-the-box.

FATx is much too limiting.

Bucky Ball
September 21st, 2008, 09:04 PM
As this is a wubi install, wouldn't that mean wubi is on a virtual partition within windoze? How would windoze access Ubuntu files? Not sure what filetype that partition is as not that experienced with wubi. (Installed for a demo for awhile on a friend's machine and worked great but haven't checked the subtleties yet).

unutbu
September 21st, 2008, 09:26 PM
Thanks Bucky Ball, I forgot the OP said he was using Wubi.
So it seems my first suggestion was wrong. ext2ifs may not be useful to the OP.
I don't know much about Wubi, but according to this thread:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=814477

The explore2fs app can read the Wubi filesystem-in-a-file (loop mounted device) from within Windows: http://www.chrysocome.net/explore2fs

WindowsWeenie
September 22nd, 2008, 01:17 AM
ex2ifs didn't work. I just downloaded explore2fs but I can't find any img file. I discovered I could access my Windows partition in Ubuntu by doing a file search, but doing the same thing in Windows doesn't work. I don't know where to look to find the files in the other partition.

unutbu
September 22nd, 2008, 01:26 AM
According to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide#How%20can%20I%20access%20the%20Wubi%20fi les%20from%20Windows? Wubi files are located at C:\ubuntu\disks.

WindowsWeenie
September 22nd, 2008, 02:59 AM
Thanks, it works fine.

Bucky Ball
September 22nd, 2008, 07:28 AM
Good news. \\:D/

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