is it possible to transfer files to linux

Asked by glennlad

then somehow uninstalling windows and have ubuntu on its own?

I have no where i can back-up my files to, and have been told that ubuntu is very wish to try it and see if i get on and if i do keep it. But i don't want to risk loosing everything.

Question information

English Edit question
Ubuntu Edit question
No assignee Edit question
Solved by:
Andy Ferguson
Last query:
Last reply:
Revision history for this message
nhasian (nhasian) said :

am I to understand that you are dual booting between ubuntu and linux? and you want to transfer files between one OS to another? Ubuntu reads NTFS drives out of the box so you can easily access your windows partition. In windows, you can install EXT2IFS so you can read your ubuntu filesystem:

Revision history for this message
Best Andy Ferguson (teknostatik) said :


Have a read through which will hopefully answer some of your questions.

I'd always recommend having somewhere to back your files up though, whatever operating system you end up going with. :)



Revision history for this message
glennlad (mistahmurray) said :

cheers :)

Revision history for this message
glennlad (mistahmurray) said :

Thanks Andy Ferguson, that solved my question.

Revision history for this message
Tom (tom6) said :

Many of us keep the dual-boot option as some games and things don't work quite so well in linux. Also it takes several weeks to build up the skills and programs in Ubuntu that took us years to learn or acquire in Windows so it's especially handy to keep the option of going into Windows to do those things at least until we learned how to do them in Ubuntu. Also communicating with Windows users can be a bit frustrating at times as they prefer formats that have repeatedly been shown to be less secure than our defaults so if you send something to someone else it might be worth checking that they can actually read it. M$ Office tends to freak out if it gets an odt document and claims its a security risk or possible virus! M$ Office really needs us to reset our defaults to "doc", "xls" and "ppt" which is easy enough for us to do.

As linux can read data in Windows quite easily but Windows is a bit blind i find it easier to keep almost all my data on a Windows partition so that i can watch the same movie or work on the same document from either OS. Ubuntu only needs 8Gb but is more comfortable with 15Gb or so. A 'bare-bones' Xp only needs 2Gb so on a drive of over 20Gb i like to have my partitions arranged something like this

Xp 4Gb -|- linux-swap 1Gb -|- Ubuntu 15Gb -|- Data, ntfs partition filling up the rest

although i seldom get this set-up. Having only 4 partitions is great because then they can all be Primary partitions but sometimes i like to have a space just after the Ubuntu partition of about 5Gb for testing out other versions of linux as they can then use the same linux-swap as Ubuntu uses without any problems. Making a 5th partition means that the last 2 of them have to be inside an extended partition which always seems to mean a downgrade in performance - not much of a problem for the data though so that's ok :)

Anyway, the basic thing i wanted to say is don't be too quick to remove Windows as it's extremely difficult to reinstall. It's much easier to keep a working version of Windows and set your dual-boot to automatically boot into Ubuntu as most of us do.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Revision history for this message
Tom (tom6) said :

Err, i think we've all been assuming that you installed Ubuntu like this

rather than installing it as though it's just another program inside Windows. If you have done the latter rather than the former then this might help :),%20and/or%20get%20rid%20of%20Windows%20entirely?

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)