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    Sharing NTFS partitions

    I am trying to get my head around sharing the NTFS drives. I have a dual boot with Win7 64bit
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     Distribution:          Ubuntu 10.10
     Desktop environment:   GNOME
     Graphics chip:         nVidia Corporation G96 [GeForce 9400 GT] (rev a1)
     Driver in use:         nvidia
     Rendering method:      Nvidia
    
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    I had gotten this far though.
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    Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x616597e3
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1       52218   419441053+   7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2           52219      121601   557318947+   7  HPFS/NTFS
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0002e1af
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1               1       29165   234259456   83  Linux
    /dev/sdb2           29165       30402     9936897    5  Extended
    /dev/sdb5           29165       30402     9936896   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    omitting empty partition (5)
    
    Disk /dev/sdg: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x6736718d
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdg1           21283       60801   317436367+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sdg2               1       21282   170945536    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdg5           21283       60801   317436336    7  HPFS/NTFS
    
    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    But I want to be able to write my novel from both OS's and be able to work on my images with both OS's. What then is my next step?
    Thanks

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    Re: Sharing NTFS partitions

    Traditional advice would be to add entries to /etc/fstab so that whichever NTFS partitions you want to access from Ubuntu would be mounted on bootup. But that isn't necessary, since automounting is so good and easy with recent versions of Ubuntu.

    Have a look in the Places menu. All your four NTFS partitions will be listed there, but unmounted. I can't say how they will be identified - it depends whether they have partition labels or not. If labelled, you will see the labels. If not, the partition size. Simply click on the one you want to open and a file browser will open.

    Or - open a Nautilus (file browser) window: home, Computer, it doesn't matter which. Make sure you have 'Places' selected in the left pane and ditto for above.

    And you don't even have to pre-mount a partition from Nautilus or the main menu to be able to open a file. Say you want to work on a Word document. Open OpenOffice Writer, File Menu > Open. Then you'll see the partitions listed in the left pane under 'Places'. click on the one you want and it will be automounted and then you can navigate to the file you need and open it.

    However, if you were wanting to set up symlinks in your home folder to the NTFS partitions, then you would need to have them mounted on bootup. Post back if you need any help with this.
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