I'm considering installing Linux on a second, small drive I have (15 gb). However I would like to know if it would be possible to access the files on this drive using Windows XP (home). As far as i know linux uses FAT32(or does it? I'm not sure at all, since I know nothing about Linux) and, if it does, Windows can access that, but I just want to be sure. If not, is the file system it uses accessable through windows?
From my experiences with Linux, Windows can not. I was never able to get Windows to see my Linux HD when I use to have Windows. Linux can get into your Windows HD perfect though. Also not all distros have the Fat32 file system. If you can use a Linux file system like ext3. Linux and Mac make the best file systems out there.
Yes, you will be able to access the hard drive on Windows. Both Linux and Windows look for all available drives and try to read them, so you should have no problems. However the file system is completely different, so it's best not to mess with Linux folders when in Windows and vice versa.
EDIT: Ok, I was able to see Linux on my machine... not sure why Agentlaidlaw can't.
RevenYes, you will be able to access the hard drive on Windows. Both Linux and Windows look for all available drives and try to read them, so you should have no problems. However the file system is completely different, so it's best not to mess with Linux folders when in Windows and vice versa.
How were you able to get into your Linux HD on Windows? I was never able to. Only way I new was getting software to.
I only tried it on Windows 98 and it either worked with Knoppix, Ubantu or Xandros.
Alright, so If I do this what version would you reccommend? I'm not very advanced with Linux yet, so I want something easy and free. Also, will Wine run on any distro? I'm curious because I want to see how well it works for me.
Try Suse since its free and runs very well and very noob frindly. http://www.opensuse.org/ Wine and Cedega will run on any distro. If you also want to try Fedora or Ubantu.... There also free and noob friendly.
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i also recomend ext3 file system. windows wont see linny, but linny shouldnt have a problem seeing windows files. i have all 4 of my OS's installed on one HD, 20gig, and all my files on a SATA 100gig, it eliminates file loss in a system failure, and is a good idea for everyone to start doing.
Windows cannot see ext2, ext3, ReiserFS or JFS, etc. In fact, FAT16/32, VFAT and NTFS are about the only formats it can see. Linux, OTOH, can see and read ext2/3, ReiserFS, JFS, FAT12/32, and VFAT. It can also read (but not write) NTFS partitions as of Kernel 2.6 (and possibly in later released of kernel 2.4). There is experimental NTFS write support using a Windows system file, but it's far from safe and was still quite limited in ability when I last checked on it.
WINE will run on any distro, and they're all available in a free form something (except maybe YDL).
haha, linux on a second HD? i tryed that a month ago and man it didn't go well. i tryed Linux Mandrake 10.1 and it just whouldn't install at ALL on my rig. it whould install on my other computer so i let it do that on a empty drive (Linux should be able to be seen by windows, the core of it runs on EXT2 or EXT3 but it can store stuff on a FAT32 partition so maybe u need to configure linux to be seen by windows or sumthing) nw who i just ended up installing it on an old P3 with 64 MB ram (im working up my money to up that to 256) so i don't use it cause it's slow at the moment (yes i tryed a thred but it didn't help whatsoever, so word to the wise, if u gota AMD 64 and an asus mobo running win2k, u mite hit the same error as i did on the black screen of death! :death: