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I'm trying to delete old system files in Windows 7, I switched into Ubuntu to delete the files there but now I can't see the files. They are on my D: drive and I can see all of the files on my C: drive, but not the D. I know that ubuntu doesn't enumerate the drives but I have located the drives in Ubuntu and am still having trouble accessing the files. I have tried using ctrl + H but the files still do not show up.

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If your running WUBI, you won't be able to access Windows' files. – Seth Dec 4 '12 at 0:53
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I had the opposite problem. I installed ubuntu on my C: drive and only the D: is listed. C: is missing.

My guess is that the partition where you installed ubuntu is never listed.

Take a look at the /host folder and your files may be there.

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Where is that located? – oneremainsclear Nov 25 '12 at 22:27
From your desktop, click the Computer icon. Then click on File System. You will see all linux folders. The folder host will be there. – Martin Oscar Caballero Nov 25 '12 at 23:04
Found them! Thanks so much! – oneremainsclear Nov 25 '12 at 23:04
You're welcome. I'm a newbie and mine may be a "newbie" method. I don't know wheteher there is another (easier) way. – Martin Oscar Caballero Nov 25 '12 at 23:12

Make sure the partition is correctly mount.

Do those files and folders start with a dot ".", they are by default hidden, you'll have to use ls -la to display those (or Ctrl+h to show in nautilus).

Run findmnt or mount | column -t, paste the output.

Also, is partition D encrypted (EFS)?

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None of the files start with "." I double checked, it is properly mounted. – oneremainsclear Nov 25 '12 at 22:24
I updated the answer. – Terry Wang Nov 25 '12 at 22:45

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