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David O'Meara
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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.

Is there a solution?
 
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I see, nobody is answering, so I put my (discouraging) answer here.

I have never been able to see linux files on Windows, and it allways gave me a feeling of security; I stopped missing it soon.

I heared from 3rd-party tools, but don't remember details.
Perhaps you may find more at google.
 
Andrew Eccleston
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I always used to use a FAT partition. Both linux and windows can use it just fine, but admittedly, you do lose the security and speed of NTFS/ext(or other linux) partitions.

I have not use the newer versions of fedora, so I'm not familiar with the groupings you are seeing.

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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.
 
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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).

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Explore2fs and it also works with ext3.

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That is so, so sweet. Thanks!
I may reinstall the reiserfs and ry the alternatives mentioned.
 
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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.

Try it out at rfsd.sf.net
 
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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!
 
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