Reading and writing files to a Windows partition

Bill Stanley bstanle at
Thu Dec 15 15:57:11 UTC 2011


I got your input an reading/writing files. Thank you.

On the motter of hibernation, this is what I think is occurring.  In 
hibernation, the OS preserves the state of the computer prior to going 
into hibernation.  Part of the state of the computer is a copy of the 
file allocation table.  It also keeps track of the state any opened 
files.  Now if you dual boot and a different OS accesses that file 
system and changes it, the state of the file system is changed.  When 
the OS that was hibernating wakes up, it sees a changed file system and 
all sorts of problems occur.

If this is a correct interpretation then a hibernating Linux system 
would have problems when Windows changed the file system.  Maybe you 
could safely read files while the alternate OS is hibernating but 
writing files will be a no-no.   Now if the file system is changed by 
the mere act of reading of files then reading files will be risky as 
well.  I am no expert on file systems and I think an expert on this 
should enlighten us.

Bill Stanley

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