Reading and writing files to a Windows partition

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at
Fri Dec 16 16:54:02 UTC 2011

On 12/15/2011 07:01 PM, Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 16/12/11 02:57, Bill Stanley wrote:
>> <snip>
>> 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
> The obvious answer is not to hibernate but shutdown Windows before
> powering off.
> One other alternative is not to dual but to use Virtual Box in Linux to
> run Windows.
	Assuming you don't have USB (or other devices) that don't work through 
VirtualBox to Windows... ;)
	Like needing to use/troubleshoot wireless networking in Windows...

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