Reading and writing files to a Windows partition
lproven at gmail.com
Wed Dec 14 17:08:28 UTC 2011
On 14 December 2011 16:12, Bill Stanley <bstanle at wowway.com> wrote:
> I dual boot with Windows. My Linus partitions are the usual partitions and
> for windows I have 2 partitions C: and D: with D being a small partition
> where I keep files that both Windows and Linux access. I never write to C:
> and seldom read files on C:. I do this because in the past file access to
> Windows was uncertain. (If I somehow mess up D: with Linux writing files,
> its not a disaster.)
> My question is... With the improvements to Linux are these precautions
> needed? Is Linux access to Win32 and NTFS file systems reliable enough to
> not have to worry about?
I wouldn't worry. I have no problems reading in 15y and none writing
for 10-12. The only things I've known can cause issues are:
 Windows drive is *very* badly corrupted
(But Linux is more tolerant of this than Windows is! Try not to write
to badly-corrupted drives, though. If possible & if you're not doing
data recovery from a dying disk, fix it by running CHKDSK /F *from
Windows*. The freely-downloadable Windows 7 Recovery CD is good for
this. It's a good idea to do this regularly anyway as part of your
 Windows RAID and volume sets don't work
(Well, it might be possible with a *lot* of effort and fiddling).
 Windows whole-disk encrypted volumes don't work (e.g. Bitlocker), AFAIK.
This is by design; it's what the encryption is intended to defeat.
But a happy, working Windows drive in FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS should be
just fine. I routinely use a LiveCD for cleaning up temp files and so
on, in fact!
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