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dual boot - how to reach files?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:19 am
by catch22
I'm not really a Linux-newbee anymore, but am so - more or less - in the department of dual-booting because I don't know how things are shared in such a case.
I installed LinuxMint Mate for a friend, next to her Windows OS.
She insists on keeping all files in her Windows side, for now at least.
So I want to show her how to get to those files from within her Linux OS, but also the other way around!
Could someone please point me to the right documentation for both scenarios?

Re: dual boot - how to reach files?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:27 am
by kc1di
accessing files on the linux from windows should be no real problem but accessing linux partitions can be
Here's one tutorial that may help:
https://www.howtogeek.com/112888/3-ways ... m-windows/

Re: dual boot - how to reach files?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:16 am
by wallyUSA
Simplier solution would be to use VirtualBox! Then you would a bi-directional I/F :)

Re: dual boot - how to reach files?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:31 am
by turtlebay
catch22 wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:19 am
She insists on keeping all files in her Windows side, for now at least.
There may be a problem if she stores files downloaded with Linux, in her Windows system. Linux isn't affected by Windows viruses and malware, but if a file downloaded by Linux is then accessed from Windows, there is a possibility that her Windows system could become infected, unless she checks each file thoroughly with her Windows antivirus and anti-malware programs first.

Re: dual boot - how to reach files?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:44 am
by catweazel
turtlebay wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:31 am
There may be a problem if she stores files downloaded with Linux, in her Windows system. Linux isn't affected by Windows viruses and malware, but if a file downloaded by Linux is then accessed from Windows, there is a possibility that her Windows system could become infected, unless she checks each file thoroughly with her Windows antivirus and anti-malware programs first.
Nonesense. An AV checks files automatically as soon as an attempt is made to open a file.

Re: dual boot - how to reach files?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:48 am
by turtlebay
catweazel wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:44 am
turtlebay wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:31 am
There may be a problem if she stores files downloaded with Linux, in her Windows system. Linux isn't affected by Windows viruses and malware, but if a file downloaded by Linux is then accessed from Windows, there is a possibility that her Windows system could become infected, unless she checks each file thoroughly with her Windows antivirus and anti-malware programs first.
Nonesense. An AV checks files automatically as soon as an attempt is made to open a file.
Only if one is installed in the first place! Try thinking before posting. Guessing, it's a very long time since you used Windows!

Re: dual boot - how to reach files?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:58 am
by catweazel
turtlebay wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:48 am
Only if one is installed in the first place!
All Windwoes OSen from 7 onward have Windwoes Defender, which is deactivated if another AV is installed... Guessing, it's a very long time since you used Windows!
Try thinking before posting. Guessing, it's a very long time since you used Windows!
Wrong guess. You try thinking before posting.

Re: dual boot - how to reach files?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:48 am
by Mattyboy
catch22 wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:19 am
I'm not really a Linux-newbee anymore, but am so - more or less - in the department of dual-booting because I don't know how things are shared in such a case.
I installed LinuxMint Mate for a friend, next to her Windows OS.
She insists on keeping all files in her Windows side, for now at least.
So I want to show her how to get to those files from within her Linux OS, but also the other way around!
Could someone please point me to the right documentation for both scenarios?
Providing her windows is completely shut down, not in hibernation, the files on the windows side will be accessible in the Linux /Home folder under devices. Just shows up as a drive which can be navigated, Users....\Desktop ...\Downloads etc.

Use

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msconfig
in Windows ( from search ) and turn off all the fast boot etc settings in the boot tab and run

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shutdown /s /f /t 0
from command prompt one time.

As pointed out above its harder to do it the other way. An easier solution is to create a new NTFS partition for file storage. Both operating systems will be able to access it.

Re: dual boot - how to reach files?

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:52 am
by pbear
I agree with the general sentiment of the prior posts. For a Windows user merely tinkering with Mint, it probably is best to let her keep all her files on the Windows side. If you talk her into doing it the other way and she screws it up, she's going to blame you anyway and will hate Linux forever.

By the way, if one WANTS to access Linux files from Windows, my understanding is that the best way to do this is Samba. See this thread for installation instructions.