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I have Windows 7 64bit and Ubuntu 10.04 dual booting on one machine.

I'd like to access my Windows 7 files from within Ubuntu (and preferably vice-versa). I've not been able to find any tutorials online to tell me how this is done. There seems to be many tools for Win to Ext2/Ext3 but nothing really providing the solution I need.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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I understand you want to mount a hard drive or a partition and create a shortcut to access a file folder. Is it right?

If so, you can read this post on ubuntuforums.

This good tutorial is in french but is still valuable: to mount permanently a hard drive, you have to edit /etc/fstab to add the windows partition. You should add something like:

/dev/hdb1 /media/backup auto defaults,umask=0 0 0

at the end of the file.

/dev/hdb1 is your disk (you can find the proper designation by typing lshw in the terminal), /media/backup is where you want to mount it.

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Opening your Windows files is so easy in Ubuntu and you don't need any tools for that, I think you can find the hard drive under systems. But to open your linux files from Windows I think you need special tools for that.

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Another problem from Windows is that the Windows tool will have to read all the file systems that Ubuntu supports. –  Subhash Jul 6 '11 at 9:05
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If it is an external harddrive, i simply would open the filesystem browser and click on the harddrive that i want to open - then it magically could open it :-)

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you should be able to automatically reach a NTFS from the filesystem browser (if the partition is actually mounted). Just keep going "up" from your home directory (from nautilus) and you'll get there at some point.

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Ubuntu can natively read from and write to NTFS file systems.

Windows can easily read from and write to ext2, ext3, or ext4 file systems by installing a utility outlined in this other SuperUser question.

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