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hope someone can help. I need to access 11.04 ubuntu files residing on a second hard drive (dual boot XP/Ubuntu) from a 10.04 hard drive installation. The 11.04 system co-exists with XP on the second drive. This drive is HPFS/NTFS. My 10.04 installation mounts and displays the contents of the XP installation and all files but the 11.04 system is nowhere to be seen. How can I see and access the Ubuntu partition, please?

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I think you mean Wubi as saying "co-exists". As an example I assume your XP installed on sda1. Change sda1 according to you partition name. On 10.04 apply those:

If not mount sda1 first:

sudo mkdir /media/xp
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /media/xp

Then mount Wubi part:

sudo mkdir /media/wubi
sudo mount -o loop /media/xp/ubuntu/disks/root.disk /media/wubi

You can find your 11.04 on /media/wubi directory.

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Thanks for your quick reply heartsmagic. I'm fairly new to linux but I guess the HPFS/NTFS disk does contain a 'wubi' install. fisk -l gives: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 1 19079 153247744 83 Linux /dev/sda2 19079 19453 2999297 5 Extended /dev/sda5 19079 19453 2999296 82 Linux swap / Solaris – FrankSus Nov 29 '11 at 9:51
All goes okay until: sudo mount -o loop /media/xp/ubuntu/disks/root.disk /media/wubi where it fails with: no such file or directory – FrankSus Nov 29 '11 at 10:16
Ok, after mounting xp part look for ubuntu or Ubuntu directory. There must be a disks directory and inside it a root.disk part. If it is Ubuntu change the last mount command with this capital name. – heartsmagic Nov 29 '11 at 10:46
Thanks again heartsmagic. Apologies. Seems I was probing the wrong disk!! It does contain an XP installation, but no wubi so I was never going to find or see it. Must have mislabelled the disk : (( Now have correct disk which in fact turns out to be pure Ubuntu 11.04 and 10.04 sees everything just fine. Thanks for trying to help! – FrankSus Nov 29 '11 at 11:09
So, it is not a Wubi installation and there is a seperate 11.04? – heartsmagic Nov 29 '11 at 11:33

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