Partitioning in Linux

Lately, we can observe increasing popularity of Linux operating systems. Additionally, this system is used in a lot of companies and institutions, also a lot of regular people try to use it at home. Sometimes, a lot of users install two systems on the same disk. It can be Linux and… Windows. If we use one at a time, Linux and Windows can cooperate. However, here are two important issues.

Linux partitions in Windows

Here, the case is quite simple. New distributions typically support Windows partitions environment. It does not have a problem with FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS, extFat is supported too. However, Fedora Core (at least in the most popular distributions) is a little exception. Of course, it cannot support mounting of Windows file system for legal reasons. But some users would like to use Fedora and Windows parallel and we can change it and resolve a problem. On the Internet you can find RPM packages that provide support for Windows filesystems, i.e. they “teach” our system NFTS operations. We have to only choose a package for our system and CPU architecture. We can check it in Control Center or by terminal (uname -a). The next, we must install the package via root. Ok, drivers are installed. Now, we must mount Windows partition in our system. We should create some dir in /mnt or /media (what we prefer) and the put a ntfs command to /et/fstab file, for example: /dev/our_drive /mnt/our_dir ntfs umask=0,nls=utf8,ro 0 0. Now, save and reboot system and our partition is in the /mnt directory. You can even add shortcuts to them on your desktop. The whole process of adding a partition takes few minutes and basically is not difficult.

Windows partitions in Linux

The situation at the beginning is simple. No matter which version of Windows OS you use, you can be sure: “Linux partitions cannot be read without special software!!!”. I know two solutions: special program called Explore2fs or plugin for TotalCommander. Explore2Fs is a free program written in Delphi. It works on Windows 95, 98, XP, 2000 and 7. It allows you to read data from ext2, ext3 or ext4 filesystem. The next is plugin. You can download it from Internet and is used similarly to FTP client.

It is practically all about partitions in Windows and Linux. If someone is interested in the mechanisms of action of file systems, it is a topic for another article. I hope that these tips will help someone who has two systems do not "seeing" each other. Sometimes it is worth to “play” for a moment to later save yourself a lot of time.


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