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I have a Gateway laptop running Windows 8.1. If I wanted to install one of the Ubuntu-based Linux distros to dual boot with Win 8, is it correct that none of the files (documents, music, photos and videos) that I have installed under Windows would be visible or usable to me when I'm running Linux because the two OSes use different file systems (NTFS vs ext4)?  Even if I were to move my files from Windows into a partition separate from Windows and Linux, there's no way that the files could be viewed and used by both Windows and Linux, right?

Linux has drivers to read just about any filesystem, so it can read any Windows filesystem.  The reverse isn't true.  In other words, Linux can create, edit or delete files in a Windows partition but Windows won't ever see what's in a non-Windows partition.  I may be able to give more direction but need to know the objective.   Is it creating a hidden file?  If so, hidden from Linux or hidden from Windows?

Another point: A Linux file can be seen by a Linux instance running in a virtual machine on top of Windows.

You can install Cygwin onto Windows, which gives you access to bash from Windows.

Hope this helps!
- John

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