Importing pictures from windows xp

Asked by daril Thompson

I am new to ubuntu and would like to know how to import my picture and music files into ubuntu from windows xp home ed sp2. Would appreciate any help anyone may have. Thanks much.

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Keller Giacomarro (keller-g) said :


If your Ubuntu installation is on the same computer as your Windows XP installation is, it is quite likely that Ubuntu has mounted your XP partition. You may see an icon on your desktop that looks like a hard drive and contains Windows-looking files. This is the best way to access pictures that you have stored in Windows.

If your Ubuntu installation is on another computer, the process is a little more complicated. First, you'll need to establish some sort of network connection between the XP computer and the Ubuntu computer, either wired or wireless. Then, create a file share of your pictures on the XP computer. Ensure that you give your user permission to access the share.

On your Ubuntu installation, go to Preferences, and then Shared Folders. You should be able to add a Samba (Windows' file sharing system) share to the old XP computer. Now, you can transfer your photos to your new computer.

If any of this doesn't make sense, or if what I've directed doesn't match your situation, please let me know. Welcome to Ubuntu!


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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

Simply copy the files, you need to "mount" your Windows (NTFS or FAT32) partition under Ubuntu.

To easy do this you can use this tools: "ntfs-config" we install it.

You have different way to install .deb packages under Ubuntu to get best and quick help we don't use any graphic packages manager we will use the "apt-get" and the "terminal".

To install ntfs-config using terminal
Please open a Terminal from the menu Applications->Accessories->Terminal and type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ntfs-config

give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter, answer Y when apt-get ask you.

Then go to menu: Applications->System Tools->NTFS Configuration tools and try to set a mount point for your windows partition.

If you are in trouble please ask here.

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