[sf-lug] an embarrassing question about partitions
jim at well.com
Wed Nov 4 23:02:26 PST 2009
i'm sorry to put this question to you, but
i'm stuck. it has to do with linux, obliquely.
i was trying to put ubuntu on a dell inspiron
1545 laptop. i began by ensuring the windows cds
were available, then i wiped out windows and
reformatted the hard drive (...skipping some sad
parts of the tale...) so that it had a 40GB
partition for windows, a 30GB partition to have
a vfat filesystem, then some partitions for
then i installed windows vista on the first
then i installed ubuntu, formatting the
second partition with VFAT, and putting the /
on the third partition (and other stuff on other
partitions. the idea is that the second partition
should be visible to both windows and ubuntu.
it seemed to work: turn it on, the grub menu
presents choices including ubuntu and windows
vista. i chose ubuntu, all is well.
i restart and choose windows. windows shows
the C: drive as well as a D:, E:, and F: drive,
one each for DVD, CD, and USB.
the second partition on the disk, formatted
with VFAT, intended to store files accessible by
both windows and ubuntu, is not visible!
how to get windows to see the second partition?
how to create a G: drive to access the second
the answer is important, as the laptop owner
had the idea to eliminate ubuntu entirely and
revert the entire laptop to windows only.
hopefully, with thanks,
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