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Windows 8,Ubuntu accessing harddisks

I want to install windows 8 and Ubuntu on my laptop on different hard disks partition. Can anyone please tell me if I will be able to access other hard drives as well from both operating systems.
E.g I have drives C,D,E,F

C: Windows 8 installed
D: Ubuntu installed
E,F: Some data is present.

Can i access E,F from both Windows 8 and Ubuntu.

Thanks :)
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    That is a confusing post. Are C, D, E, and F mounted HDDs or are they just partitions? Partitions are not hard drives.

    Windows 8 cannot read linux partition table natively. You may want an app for it like Paragon. I haven't tried it so I can't say how well it works.
  2. Depends how they are formatted.
  3. @ksham , someone somewhere drives are NTFS partitions.
  4. You installed Ubuntu on a NTFS filsystem? Hmm ... while that can work, I do not recommend it. Support for NTFS for Linux is terrible. It doesn't support file permissions well at all.

    So if they're all NTFS, you are not likely to have issues when mounting them and viewing them across operating systems, but you may have issues using Linux in a NTFS filesystem.
  5. ksham said:
    You installed Ubuntu on a NTFS filsystem? Hmm ... while that can work, I do not recommend it. Support for NTFS for Linux is terrible. It doesn't support file permissions well at all.

    So if they're all NTFS, you are not likely to have issues when mounting them and viewing them across operating systems, but you may have issues using Linux in a NTFS filesystem.


    Right now I have only windows 8 installed. Installing Ubuntu in Virtual Box doesn't satisfy my needs. So i wanted to install Ubuntu as a separate OS.
  6. Okay. That's fine. Stick with the ext4 filesystem. I think Ubuntu uses that anyway per the install. Windows cannot natively read ext4 filesystems. You can try Paragon to view it.
  7. Yes I converted one of my NTFS partition into Ext3 partition and installed Ubuntu in it. I don't require to view Ubuntu file directory from windows but Windows file directory from Ubuntu.
    Now I can see all other NTFS partitions in Ubuntu OS. My problem is solved.
    Thanks all..!!!
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