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How do I share folders between my Windows partition and Xubuntu 12.04 installed in VMware?

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So far NTFS is the only reliable method to do this. I've added this line in my /etc/fstab to do this with my laptop:

/dev/sda5 /mnt/share ntfs-3g defaults 0 0

But first you'll probably want to do the following before adding the line:

  • Locate the /dev name for your Windows partition. Mine is /dev/sda5.
  • Create a mount directory: mkdir /mnt/<dir_name>
  • Mount the partition to your mount directory: mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda5 /mnt/<dir_name>

You can check your mount by issuing:

df -kh

You should see an output like this:

/dev/sda5       220G   56G  165G  26% /mnt/share

At this point, go ahead and go to the directory and try writing to the file system with something like:

touch test.txt

If this is successful, then you should be able to add this line to your /etc/fstab:

/dev/sda5 /mnt/share ntfs-3g defaults 0 0

Save it and reboot. It should mount by default on a full restart.

Hope this is helpful.

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