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Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby bbsrmm on Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:11 am

I have installed Linux mint just now in my laptop where already winowsXP professional OS is there and Ubuntu OS is also installed via windows Xp.Though I am now able to access the file kept in windows OS but the file and document kept in Ubuntu OS is not accessible.May I request you guide me how I can access the files and documents of Ubuntu OS from Linux Mint OS and also vice versa. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby altair4 on Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:22 am

When you say "installed" did you use mint4win?

I've never used mint4win so I can't answer your question but if you did a "real install" then I suggest you look at this: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=22093
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Re: Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby bbsrmm on Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:28 am

I have installed from the Live CD not from mint4win.
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Re: Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby Decemberdoom on Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:35 am

Wait, you said you installed Ubuntu via Windows XP?? The only way possible is if you used Mint4win.

Anyway, since you seem to have denied using Mint4Win, Ill just assume that you have Ubuntu on a seperate partition. First, open up gparted, and find the partition's name. It'll be /dev/sda* or something similar.

Now open up a terminal and type

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sudo mount /dev/sda* /whereyouwanttomountitto
Make sure the directory you mount it to exists!

I have no clue about how Mint4win works, but I heard it just creates a few files on the NTFS partition, if it perhaps has an image file for storing the Hard Disk, we might be able to mount it using a loop command, but I have no real experienced with using any of the wubi variants.
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Re: Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby bbsrmm on Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:56 am

Let me clarify.
1.When I bought the laptop windowsXp professional was installed.
2. After some days I have installed Ubuntu through a CD which runs in windows OS i.e.Ubuntu installed inside windows Xp
3. Today I have installed Linux Mint through a Live CD in bootable mode.
At present i have 3 OS in my laptop.(Linux mint,Ubuntu,WindowsXP)
When I switch on my laptop Grub loading screen comes where only Linux Mint and Windows Xp professional is displayed.If i enter for Linux Mint then Linux mint OS starts.If I enter for windows Xp professional then again another screen comes where both windows xp and ubuntu is displayed.on entering winowsXp winows OS starts and entering ubuntu ubuntu OS starts.When I start Ubuntu OS or Linux Mint i can view the file of windows OS but not of ubuntu from Linux Mint or of linux mint from Ubuntu.
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Re: Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby distoaddict on Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:49 am

if i read this correctly you have installed ubuntu using wubi (windows ubuntu installer) and mint conventionally and you want to be able to boot ubuntu from the mint grub menu which i don't know if it can be done without editing menu.lst.
please post your /boot/grub/menu.lst from your mint install
and its equivalent in ubuntu.i think its at the root of your c drive
or in c\mint.
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Re: Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby altair4 on Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:53 am

It looks to me that you:
Installed Ubuntu using wubi ( or whatever ubuntu calls mint4win )
Installed Mint in a real partition and is now controlling booting.

In a way you already have access to the Ubuntu files from Mint. It's probably located in a file somewhere in the WinXP partition and looks something like this: c:\ubuntu\disks\root.disk. You should be able to verify this.

The problem is that its going to be gibberish ( I'm guessing ) since Ubuntu using wubi required that an application be installed on XP to take that file and make it look like a real OS. I don't think you can access any "real" files from that Ubuntu install from Mint.
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Re: Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby bbsrmm on Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:20 am

Ok thanks for the response. What will be the alternative to check the file of Ubuntu? One thing coming to my mind is to copy the file of ubuntu to window partition and then access it from linux mint.Any other way to convert the ubuntu installation to "real installation" from "window based installation" instead of going for fresh installation of ubuntu.Thanks in advance to all.
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Re: Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby distoaddict on Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:07 pm

slightly off topic but i found this quite enlightening http://howsoftwareisbuilt.com/2009/03/1 ... bi-ubuntu/
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Re: Accessing file of other OS installed in same system

Postby Decemberdoom on Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:09 pm

As far as I can tell, it is impossible to "upgrade" your install from a Wubi install to a full install. You should copy any important files and just reinstall Ubuntu.

Though, if I may ask, what do you need Ubuntu for? Mint is basically a polished up/fixed up version of Ubuntu, so I'm a bit confused as to why you want to keep both OS's.
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