Reading and writing files to a Windows partition

David C. Curtis dave.c.curtis at
Thu Dec 15 00:37:01 UTC 2011

On 11-12-14 07:14 PM, Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 15/12/11 07:31, David C. Curtis wrote:
>> On 11-12-14 11:12 AM, Bill Stanley 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 read/write/delete files in Windows partitions from Linux all the
>> time with only one issue. Just don't write to the Windows partitions
>> while Windows is in hibernation. When it wakes it'll 'see' corrupted
>> files and delete them.
>> I don't know how windows (un)mounts file systems and what it does when
>> waking from hibernation but I have been bit by this quirk fairly
>> recently (win7, 10.10 IIRC) and lost data.
> Forgive me for asking, but the OP stated that he DUAL BOOTS with Windows
> so how can Windows be "in hibernation" when he is using Linux?

Hibernation[0] is when the computer shuts down after writing the OS 
state to disk. Suspend[1] (sleep, stand-by etc.) is the low-power 'I 
just closed the laptop's lid' mode. You can hibernate Windows and boot 
up into Ubuntu and vice-versa. You can't boot up another OS if you're in 

Again I don't know how, but Windows doesn't like it (and maybe Ubuntu 
too, I've never tried it) if you write to it's partition while it's in 


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