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"Corrupted" Hard Disk

Ubuntu @ March 7, 2009   Views:0

Ok, I haven't got a clue on what to do with this problem, so I'll just lay it out:

I've got Ubuntu installed through WUBI on my Windows D:\ drive. I can access everything on this HD using the /host directory in Ubuntu. However, when I try to access the drive in Windows, it informs me that "This file or directory is corrupted and unreadable".

Clearly, that isn't the case or I wouldn't even be able to run Ubuntu, never mind access the rest of the drive through Ubuntu.

So, if anyone can shed light on this problem I'd be very grateful.

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Window will not see the partition for ubuntu, if installed Ubuntu under window it will just show up as a program running under windows. you can see it in the control panal, add remove progams, for example.

Windows can't read ext partitions without third party software installed.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide

How can I access the Wubi files from Windows?

There are a few Windows applications that can mount ext2-based file systems. See for instance:

* http://www.chrysocome.net/explore2fs
* http://www.fs-driver.org/

The relevant Wubi files you need to access are located under C:\ubuntu\disks\

But until this problem occured, I had been able to use my D:\ drive in Windows, Ubuntu was installed to a directory on that drive through Wubi. The D:\ drive is in NTFS format. Does that mean that the ext partition only applies to that directory (in this case, D:\ubuntu).

I could be wrong but I thought that Wubi only installed under windows and you would not see a partion for Ubnutu under windows on any drive. The Wube Ubuntu installation would be on the same drive as windows.

No, I installed it on my data drive (D:\). Windows is on my C:\ drive. I could access everything through Ubuntu, but couldn't access Ubuntu stuff through Windows.

The problem now is that while I can still access the whole drive through Ubuntu (/host), I cannot access the same drive (D:\) through Windows.

Ok, I not sure what is going on but if you did install Ubuntu with Wubi you should be able to uninstall it under windows. control panel, add remove program. I would uninstall it (make sure you take off and save anything you need) and then reinstall it with Wubi under windows in the same drive as windows. I have used wubi before but I did not remember it giving you a choice as to where you wanted to install. Anyway here is the web site if you need it.

http://wubi-installer.org/

Boot into Ubuntu, open a terminal and post the output of

Code:

sudo fdisk -l

that should tell us whats going on with your D:\ drive

I appreciate the help, but I'm not sure that would solve the problem to be honest. I don't think reinstalling Ubuntu through Wubi would let me access a drive through Windows.

But then again, I don't have a clue how to go about sorting this problem.

I agree but having the info of fdisk in Ubuntu might give us a clue as to whats going on. Also, can you go into Disk Management in Windows and take a screen shot of your partitions?

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