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[SLUG] Linux/Windows shared partition question
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- Subject: [SLUG] Linux/Windows shared partition question
- From: Leslie Katz <lesliek@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2005 14:57:52 +1000
Tony Lissner asked me a question in a reply to some questions of mine about
the above subject. He asked whether I'd formatted the partition in question
That question of his triggered in my mind a recollection of the existence
of the "Disk Management" facility in Windows XP, so I opened that up to see
what appeared there.
What I found was two different representations of my hard drives, one
textual and the other graphical. (Other drives, optical and flash, were
also represented, but they don't matter for present purposes.)
What the representations showed for the original hard drive was that it was
divided into two partitions, labelled "C:" and "E:". The first one had the
name "IBM_PRELOAD". It was described as "Healthy (System)". The second had
the name "IBM_SERVICE". It was described as "Healthy".
What the representations showed for the new hard drive (the Linux one) was
four partitions, with no letters assigned to them at all.
Partition 1, obviously my "/boot" partition, was described as "Healthy
(Active)". Partitions 2, 3, and 4 were all described as "Healthy (Unknown
Partition)". Partition two was obviously my "/" partition; partition 3 was
what I'd optimistically labelled as my "/shared" partition, the one I'd
formatted as vfat; and partition 4 was my swap partition.
I clicked on partition 3 to see what I was allowed to do with it and the
only option permitted was "Delete Partition".
I assume that I can't access from Windows partition 3 on my Linux drive
without, at least, having a letter attached to the partition for Windows
purposes. Is there a way for me to do such a thing? Or should I instead be
bothering a Windows forum to get the answer to that question?