I have just installed elementary OS Freya 0.3.1 (32-bit) on the "E" drive. I also have Windows 8 installed in "C" drive. I cannot access any of my "C" and "D" drive files. Can you suggest me methods which could help me access those files?

  • access from where? from elementary? Have you hibernated in windows?
    – Ravan
    Nov 19, 2015 at 15:32
  • problem solved?
    – Ravan
    Nov 19, 2015 at 22:03

1 Answer 1


The Possible fixes:

  1. Boot in to windows and shutdown completely.Then boot to elementary OS there the partition will mount in read-write mode automatically.

    (I too follow this when I got similar problem)

  1. If you want to solve without doing shutdown,

    The simple way is using ntfsfix

    ntfsfix is a utility that fixes some common NTFS problems. ntfsfix is NOT a Linux version of chkdsk. It only repairs some fundamental NTFS inconsistencies, resets the NTFS journal file and schedules an NTFS consistency check for the first boot into Windows.

    Use sudo fdisk -l to identify ntfs partition

    Now run the command:

    sudo ntfsfix /dev/sda3

    Note: replace /dev/sda3 with yours


If you are getting the same problem every time, the reason would be Fast Startup feature of Windows 8. Then the permanent solution would be : Disable Fast Startup in Windows 8

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