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If I install Linux on a separate partition (or even separate drive) will I be able to read data that lives on my WinXP system on a NTFS partition.

Of course, all my data are on NTFS and I would like to be able to use it without having to copy it to the Linux partition.

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Bob K--
What linux distribution are you going to install? Most distros include read support for NTFS. If you want to share data between the linux and windows I suggest using a seperate FAT32 partition.
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