I'm running a dual boot (Fedora 4 and WinXP) on my laptop. Previously when I had a dual boot a couple of years ago I had no problems showing Linux drives in Windows and mounting Windows in Linux, but things have changed since then.
I should start by saying I have the ntfs extra for Fedora 4 installed and mounting the windows drive from Linux works fine, its Windows that can't see Linux.
The problem as I see it is that rather than having hda1, hda2 etc as in the old days, the new boot has hda* installed inside a 'virtual grouping', whatever that means. (I specifically made the Linux drive type ext3 for windows, although lately I've been using reiserfs and loving it.) Windows can see the drive as a zero size partition of unknown type.
Originally posted by David O'Meara: Thanks for the replies, I haven't had a chance to search the web yet, but it is something I will definitely do.
Yes, this change in the way Fedora manages drives is new to me too. Knoppix has no problem so I gather it may be a common change.
You want to google for "ext3 driver windows", assuming the problem is that your linux partition is using ext3 (this is my guess, since I also think windows would have seen it just fine if it were FAT).
To access ReiserFS partitions under Windows, there are two tools available. The first is rfstool (a user-space application that can be used to copy files over to your Windows partition).
The better option is ReiserDriver, which is a file system driver that allows ReiserFS drives to be read natively. (Of course, I'm a bit biased, seeing as I wrote it.) The ReiserFS partitions will show up as additional drives to Windows. It's very similar to ext2fsd, which was mentioned above.
Thanks for the heads-up I installed the dual boot with ext2 assumingthee would be less problems, but that wasn't the case. I'm prepared to move back to reiser cos I like it a lot, I'll give yours a go!