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How to mount /home in Windows on dual boot computer?

asked 2014-12-26 21:28:35 -0500

Gaurav Dighe gravatar image

updated 2014-12-27 12:41:49 -0500

mether gravatar image


I have dual booted my Desktop with Windows 8.1 PRO and Fedora20GNOME.

I have 500GB HDD with MBR. Below are my partition schemes: 320MB - System Reserved(Windows auto created it) 83 GB - Windows 35GB - / (Linux Root) -ext4 3.98GB - Swap(Linux Swap) 370 GB - /home(Linux Swap) - ext4

Can I access my /home folder from Windows.

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answered 2014-12-27 06:27:47 -0500

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The best way to share files between your two environments is to use a separate shared directory, partition, or even a separate drive. You have a few options for how to organise that, just go with what you've got. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Use a directory on your Windows drive and mount it from Linux; Linux can read and write NTFS partitions.
  • Create a separate partition (or introduce a whole separate hard disk) set aside as a shared store, you can use NTFS is this is a large partition/drive or (preferably) FAT32 as a ubiquitous (but not truly free/libre) filesystem.
  • Use a USB flash drive
  • Mount a share from another computer or server on both environments.

Whenever I've tried to use ext 2 filesystem readers on Windwos, I've always suffered corruption at some point. Use them for read-only access if you want, but I don't recommend them.

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I would not try to mount any ext4 filesystem from a Windows system!!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2014-12-27 10:47:47 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-12-27 05:16:35 -0500

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Windows can't read ext4 filesystems but you can use Ext2Read utility to access your Linux files.

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