How can i view items saved in windows, on ubuntu?

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I`m new to ubuntu and seem to be at the bottom of the ladder as I just know windows. I want to view videos,, docs etc that are saved in windows in ubuntu. I dont want to have to save everything and upload them on ubuntu because they will then effectivly be stored on my hard drive twice. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

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Jan (jancborchardt-deactivatedaccount) said :

Hey Janski :)

Do you have two partitions, one for Windows and one for Ubuntu?

You can go to the Places menu on the top left, the Windows partition should be listed there (between »Computer« and »Network«). Just click it, enter your password if asked and you’ll be able to browse the files like you were on Windows.

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Rajinder Sandhu (sandy744) said :

you need to use mplayer for viewing videos and get the appropriated decoders installed. Then only you can use it.
Install vlc player it will have all necessary codecs installed by default all popular formats are playable with VLC Media player.
go to system>Administration>Synaptic package manager in the search box type vlc it will take you to vlc player tick the box and apply.

Revision history for this message (007janski) said :

Thanks for your replies guys. Very good advice.
My problem is that Ubuntu and Windows are not on seperate partitions. I downloaded the Ubuntu option that was intergrated with windows, thinking I would be able to access items such as music and movies etc on Ubuntu that are saved on windows.
I mean if worst comes to worst I can always re-upload everything on Ubuntu but it seems a waste of space.
Thanks again for your advice, hopefully you could help me a little more :)

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Jan (jancborchardt-deactivatedaccount) said :

Hey Jan, could you please provide screenshots of the Places menu and the folder /dev?

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I Fear that may not have worked correctly :(

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Jan (jancborchardt-deactivatedaccount) said :

Ah, I forgot you can only attach images to bugs. Please upload you screenshot to a service like and then post the link here.

Your comment has only your local path, we can‘t open that. ;)

Revision history for this message (007janski) said :
Hopefully that`s right now.
Not too sure what you meant by folder /dev?

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Jan (jancborchardt-deactivatedaccount) said :

Ok, thanks. :) Can you please also provide a screenshot of the "Computer" folder?
In addition to that, please open a terminal via Applications > Accessories > Terminal. In there, please type:
sudo fdisk -l
(small L, you will be asked for your password)

And please post the output here.

Sorry I can't help you directly, I haven‘t got Windows installed and have no idea how Ubuntu behaves when you choose to install it as a program inside Windows.

Revision history for this message (007janski) said :

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x03e83e37

   Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 38914 312568832 7 HPFS/NTFS

No worries your being really kind in helping me as it`s very much appreciated.
Plus you have the same christian name :)

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Best Jan (jancborchardt-deactivatedaccount) said :

Now I think I have the right solution; from the WUBI site (that’s the name of the program that makes it possible to install Ubuntu on Windows):
»Can I access my Windows files from a Wubi installation?
Yes, the Windows partitions will be available within the directories /host and /media.«

You can find the mentioned directories /host and /media by going to »File System« in the sidebar of the file manager that is also visible in your screenshot.

I hope that works. :)

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

So you are using Wubi... ?

I suggest you to install Ubuntu NOT using Wubi.

If you have installed Ubuntu via Wubi please uninstall it read and

Installing Ubuntu using Wubi make Ubuntu less robust and all problems that you will have to Windows can be affect your Ubuntu partition file.

I strongly suggest you to install Ubuntu+Windows in dual mode creating a real Ubuntu ext3 or ext4 partition.
In this mode you can use Ubuntu and Windows ad usual and then using installed Ubuntu you can save or repair damaged (due viruses or other issue) Windows partitions data.

- Here the steps to install Ubuntu 10.04

Is very easy to install, step is to completely boot you pc from the install cd (you must not see Windows start)
if you need info please ask.

Thank you

Revision history for this message (007janski) said :

Jan-Christoph you are a legend!! Thank you so much!!
I was going to un-install Ubuntu then re-install without the windows integration but this has worked a treat.
Thanks ever so much for taking the time to help me. I really appreciate it.
Jan :) :) :)

Revision history for this message (007janski) said :

Thanks marcobra (Marco Braida), that solved my question.

Revision history for this message (007janski) said :

Sorry!! Silly mistake that it wont let me go back and rectify.
Marcobra I wasn`t using the program as Jan-Christoph suggested, I downloaded it straight from ubuntu..But it was Jan-Christoph`s last comment that fixed it for me.
Thank you both for taking the time to help me, and especially Jan-Christoph For coming up with the right method

Revision history for this message (007janski) said :

Thanks Jan-Christoph Borchardt, that solved my question.