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Let's say I have ubuntu installed (not as a live drive, acctually installed) on a USB flash drive, can (and if so, how) I access the files saved in the home directory from another computer, (with any OS) when I plug in the USB drive?

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Never tried to but if installed, I think you will be able to. Unless you choosed to encrypt home folder during install.

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If you installed Ubuntu on a flash drive then your home directory is likely using an ext2, 3 or 4 filesystem.

My understanding is that Windows and OSX do not natively read ext filesystems. A Linux computer should be able to read your home folder no problem.

You can make the first partition on the flash drive FAT32 or NTFS and keep the data you want to access there.

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+1 but where you said "make the first partition ... FAT32 ..." any partition on the flash drive should work as well. –  msw Mar 27 '13 at 19:23

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