Ubuntu – How to make a partition windows can read


I have installed ubuntu 12.04 and I need to make a new partition out of my system partition. That partition should be readable by windows 7 in order to ease dual boot with Ubuntu. How can I proceed ?

Best Answer

  • Well if you want to create a partition that windows can read you should make a NTFS partition

    Also though windows cannot read ext2/ext3/ext4 there are tools meant to be installed on windows to do that.
    For example see this tool Ext2Fsd Project
    though it says ext2 it is for ext3 and ext4 as well.

    Also see this article for a few more tools.
    Three Ways To Access Linux Partitions (ext2/ext3) From Windows On Dual-Boot Systems

    Coming to the partitioning part you can use Gparted as suggested by other answers.

    For a bit detailed (and a bit old but helpful) instructions with pictures see this article Partitioning. It helped me so it should be helpful to you too. This article is actually meant for installing Ubuntu on a partition but you can follow similar steps to achieve what you want but remember to keep it NTFS

    Few other articles i found about partitioning with Gparted are (Lots of pictures to help)
    GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial
    Modify Your Partitions With GParted Without Losing Data

    Even after making an NTFS partition windows sometimes fails to recognise it.
    Thus use this Microsoft help page

    Hope all this helps.