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I have a 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. I made two partitions on the SSD, one containing Windows 10 (pre-installed) and other empty. I want to install Ubuntu on the empty partition of the SSD.

If I do that, will I be able to access the HDD from either of the OSs? If so, how can I do it? Please explain in detail...

I need both OSes because I want Windows 10 for gaming and Ubuntu for programming.

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yes you can install ubuntu from another partition together with windows in ssd drive.

you can access partition on hdd in windows or linux ..

but i suggest to turn off fasboot mode in advanced power options(windows). becouse some time if you try bootup to linux. you can see file/folder on hdd . but you can't write, edit or delete it.


you can change filesystem on hdd partition to "exfat" and install "extfat-utils" to support mount hdd in linux.. if you want fastboot active and write to hdd drive in linux.

  • If i change hdd partition to exfat( i am assuming u mean FAT32) ...then can i access that partition from windows. If so , then you mean to say that ubuntu cant access ntfs? And windows can access both ntfs and fat? Correct? Thanks for the help.. – user504759 Jan 12 at 15:25
  • ubuntu can read ntfs system files. but the "fast boot" feature in Windows, creates problems with the ntfs file system on Ubuntu "if" windows fastboot activated. the solution I mentioned before, is that there are 2 choices: 1. Disable Windows FastBoot (the fastest way) 2. changing the filesystem to "exfat" can make the partition writable in ubuntu and fastboot windows still active. – Fathur Waldi L Jan 17 at 18:35

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