Problem with XP partition

Derek Broughton news at
Thu Aug 30 18:27:17 UTC 2007

alex wrote:

> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> alex wrote:
>>> manuel mizael gonzalez contreras wrote:
>>>> Hello, everything was going good, i was able to copy and paste on my xp
>>>> partition in my ububtu,
>>> This is confusing-----what do you mean by ' xp partition in your
>>> ubuntu'?  Since when did ubuntu have a partition for windows?
>> By default, iirc, as soon as you finish installing Ubuntu on a system
>> that
>> already has a Windows partition.  The partition is set up in /etc/fstab.
> Is this a partition in the usual sese?  I've always thought of  a
> partition  as an identifiable selected area on the hard drive....

I'm not seeing the difference.  It is a partition in the sense that you have
a drive with a DOS partition table - up to 4 "primary" partitions, the
first of which is generally where Windows is, one (or actually more) of
which my be "Extended" partitions containing further logical partitions.

When you install most Linux distros, if they find a Windows vfat partition,
they'll create a mount point for it, and map it in your /etc/fstab.  I'm
_not_ sure if Ubuntu does the same if the Windows partition is NTFS.

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