Hard Drive from Linux (Disable Hybrid Shutdown)

On dual-boot computers, Linux computers are usually able to see and have write access to the Windows hard drive. This is useful for transferring files between the operating systems. With Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows added a quick boot feature that does not actually shut off the hard drive completely.

Windows now will partially shut down and save some of its state to the hard drive, called a Hybrid Shutdown. Linux can see the hard drive but will receive an error when accessing the hard drive, frustrating Linux users who just want to look at Windows.

The links in the Source give a much larger and detailed explanation on how to access the hard drive, but here is the quick guide. I suggest disabling the Hybrid Shutdown if you are spending most of your time in Linux:

  1. Type “Power” into the start screen search menu.
  2. Select the “Settings” option form the results.
  3. Select “Power Options”.
  4. Select “Choose what the power buttons do”.
  5. Select “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.
  6. In the “Shutdown settings” section, uncheck “Turn on fast startup (recommended)”.
  7. Save the changes.
  8. Test your solution by rebooting into Linux!


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