Mutually view partitions from each other

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  1. allesok

    allesok New Member

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    I installed first WinXP in partition C:, then created partition D:. Both NTFS.
    Then I installed Win7 in partition D:.
    When I open Win7, it nevertheless starts with "C:" and accesses WinXP files under (now called) "D:"!
    When I open WinXP, it also starts in C:, but has no access to the Win7 partition.
    It should be possible to see (browse) Win7 folders and files from WinXP, too! But how?

    I in another computer have Win2k in C: and WinXP in D:. There WinXP starts in D: and can access Win2k in C:.
    The other way around, Win2k starts in C: and can access WinXP files in D:.
    Very useful in rare cases! Like a boot-disk on the hard-disk. As an example, I once had a nasty spyware that came back when removed by an anti-spyware. One of its files couldn't be removed and instead reinstalled it. I could, however, remove it from Win2k, and it never came back.

    I want it like that here, too!
     
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  2. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    When you dual boot with Windows 7 the drive you boot into always shows as C:\.
    But, you can see both partitions from either OS.

    I don't know why you wouldn't be able to see the Windows 7 partition from XP.
    I had my computer set up that way for a year.

    I did actually have my XP and Windows 7 on different hard drives but I don't think that should make any difference.
    You should be able to see your whole computer from either.

    Is there any possibility that the Windows 7 partition is marked as hidden somehow in XP?

    Can you post a screen shot of Disk Management from both XP and Windows 7?
    I don't remember anymore what disk management looks like in Windows XP.

    Mike
     
  3. allesok

    allesok New Member

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    Thanks! After updating WinXP to SP3 and all later updates, it works. Now I can "see" Win7 from WinXP and, - if ever needed - hopefully also get into folders through the back door that Win7 doesn't allow to open (or I can take ownership of them). For reasons mentioned.

    All the best to you!
    [So old that my first computer was my fingers.]
     
  4. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    Glad you got it fixed.

    Good luck.

    Mike
     

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