Well I was looking for a nicer solution such tht I can share hard-drive between Linux and Windows. Because Linux uses ext2/ext3 format and Windows uses NTFS. Both are typically made incompatible by each other which is weird being in Linux age. So I found a nice article on the internet.

I am currently running, on my Dell Dimension 3000, both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. As I’ve covered in another article, setting up the computer so that both operating systems would install and boot is not an incredibly difficult thing. Such has
been the case for quite a while. One of the long-time problems, however, has been getting those two operating systems to both read and write to the same hard drive. For what’s the point in having two operating systems sharing the same computer if each needs its own specially-formatted hard drive?

Thankfully, that problem has now been solved, at least in most cases.

The standard Windows XP installation installs on a hard drive formatted as NTFS (NT File System). The standard Linux installation installs on hard drives formatted a few different ways, but the most common among the formats is ext2 or ext3.

If you already have Windows installed on your computer, and your files on a separate hard drive, chances are you’ll want to keep on using that hard drive, so you’ll need to find a way to let Linux read your Windows drive. Similarly, if you already have Linux installed, you’re going to want to find a way to let your new Windows installation read that ext2 or ext3 formatted drive.

Thankfully, there are very simple solutions for each problem.

First, let’s figure out how to get Linux to read and write to a NTFS-formatted hard drive. This has long been the tougher problem. Not that there weren’t solutions for allowing Linux and Windows to share the same drive, but they typically amounted to “format the drive as FAT32,” which works, but limits the file size to 2 GB, which is unacceptable if working with DVD images or large video files.

Recently, however, a product reached stable stage, that allows Linux to read and safely write to the NTFS drive. The program is called NTFS-3G and it can be downloaded here, where you’ll also find incredibly helpful download, installation and setup instructions. Using NTFS-3G, all you really need to do is look for a program called NTFS Configuration Tool, which should appear after installing NTFS-3G. You can also get the tool by typing ntfs-config in the terminal. This tool basically allows you to set your “write” permissions for any internal and external drives. After that is set, the drive should mount automatically, and you will not only be able to read everything on it, but write to it as well!

Now that we have that problem licked, what about getting Windows to read and write to ext2 and ext3 file systems? Once again, the solution to the problem is probably faster to download, install and get running than it will take to read this article. A quick Google search for “ext2 on windows” reveals a few different options, but the one I’m a big fan of is called Ext2 IFS For Windows. This freeware program basically extends your Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003, so that it treats ext2 and ext3 just like any other supported format. This ensures that any application can read and write to a Linux drive seamlessly.

To get Ext2 IFS For Windows, just head on over to the project’s home page, and after reading all about it, click the download link. Once you’ve grabbed the .exe file, double-click to start the installation process. The installer will go about its business and – at the end – you’ll be given a chance to assign a real Drive Letter to any drives the computer spots. Once you’ve assigned the ext2 or ext3 drive a letter, it will show up in your My Computer settings, just like any other attached drive or partition.

I’ve been dual-booting for a while (and have done so in the past as well), and in all that time, have not had a single problem dealing with dual-booting that I would attribute to having Windows read Linux drives (or vice versa). Both answers to the problem of sharing a hard drive are very stable, and when in one operating system I feel confident and comfortable in copying and shuffling documents around, without fear of losing data. So, if you’ve been thinking about dual-booting, but weren’t sure if you could access your old data, never fear, each solution here is fast, easy and works like a charm!

Contents from: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/379627/how_to_share_a_hard_drive_between_windows.html?cat=15

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