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My Laptop is running Windows 8 Pro (upgraded from Windows 7).

I decided I wanted to try a new OS so here I am.

I've installed Ubuntu using the WUBI.exe installer.

When I boot my laptop, I get given a choice of Windows 8 or Ubuntu. Cool, just what I wanted!

I want to try Ubuntu for a few weeks or so to see if I prefer it over Windows. But for now, I want to keep W8 so I decided to go for this dualboot/run alongside option.

Only thing is, my files. I have a lot of music, pictures, movies, tv shows and documents on my 500GB HDD which I make use of daily. But I cannot seem to find out how to access them in Ubuntu.

That's all I want ;)

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks for your time.

(I'm not a computer tech geek, I'm just an avid computer and internet user, I'm a noob at this sort of thing.)

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marked as duplicate by Uri Herrera, Nathan Osman, Eric Carvalho, hhlp, Eliah Kagan Feb 9 '13 at 13:34

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Welcome to AskUbuntu, I think you will find this was answered in another thread here:… – matv1 Feb 9 '13 at 2:56

Step 1: Hit ctrl+alt+T This will open a terminal window

Step 2: Type sudo mount -a and type your root(login) password. This will mount all partitions on your 500GB HDD

Step 3: Go to file manager named FILES. Navigate to 'File System'. You will see lots of directories(etc, bin, home, lib, dev, mnt...). Check the media directory for your partitions.

Sorry for my English.

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On wubi you don't need to mount anything to access the Windows files, they're in the /host folder. – Uri Herrera Feb 9 '13 at 3:21
Thanks both, I'll report back once I give it a try. – user129659 Feb 9 '13 at 3:27
@UriHerrera Only the partition that contains the Wubi system will be mounted automatically in /host. Others will not. Can: However, the method given here will not work. mount -a only mounts partitions that are listed in /etc/fstab and, by default, additional NTFS partitions are not listed there. mount -a does not mount all partitions on all drives, only the ones configured in fstab. See man 8 mount and man 5 fstab for details. – Eliah Kagan Feb 9 '13 at 13:34

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