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Windows 7: Win7 mounts partitions?

27 Jul 2010   #1

Ubuntu / Win7 / OpenBSD
 
 
Win7 mounts partitions?

On a dual-boot box, I've noticed Windows 7 can mount if Windows 7 resized and then reformats a partition. The choices are NTFS or exFAT for media format. Many tools available to format FAT32, but then Windows 7 won't mount the newly created partition.

What I'm after is:::::
a partition seen on Windows 7, reboot into Linux, and I get access to that same partition that Windows 7 wrote files to. In other words, the same functionality that a USB-external HDD gives, except I want the internal HDD to share a volume. I used to share a FAT32 \G: with a dual-boot XP box. But what I'm seeing with Windows 7 is Windows 7 has to create the volumes and then only a network or VM -- set up as a network -- can share files. I mean, if Windows 7 created the NTFS, the Linux side doesn't see those partitions either. In short, Windows 7 has to be the creator in all scenarios except networking??

Thanks in advance for any comments or insights.


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27 Jul 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I suggest you create your partition and folders in Linux (if possible in NTFS) and then include the folders in a corresponding Windows 7 library.
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27 Jul 2010   #3

Ubuntu / Win7 / OpenBSD
 
 
Linux made the partition (with help)

Hi whs,

I know the Schwarzwald very well. Greets from Baden-Württemberg !

Anyway, I did as suggested. Using LiveCD / gparted, I sized and formated 160meg with ntfs. I made a couple of folders. Reboot into Windows 7 and there is no view available of my newly created storage.

Reboot from hard drive into Ubuntu. Created a new folder 'share_u', closed the files window and right-click the partition icon (looks like a disc drive in the side panel of Home file viewer) and selected Share. That caused Ubuntu to install Windows-sharing and wanted to reboot, but before that happened I canceled that dialog, and selected options for Guest and Users can use. I noticed Linux Windows-sharing also added a desktop icon for my newly-created 160gig so i could unmount if desired.

Booted into Windows 7, and whoa! there is a new icon in Computer Navigator. Windows assigned Letter drive E:/. Double-click that and I see my folder 'share_u'.

And, I type all this for those that follow. I was about to reformat my exFAT to FAT32 to see if that made any difference exposing partitions to a dual-boot. I'm glad your suggestion proved to be a better and simple solution: larger capacity, larger files and I don't have to rig up an external USB drive. Users see familiar icons in both OS to save their files.

Danke!
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27 Jul 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Good. I am glad my suggestion could help you.
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