I don't know whether to put this in Linux or Windows forum: since Linux often rescues Windows, it seems more proper to put it here. Move or delete or whatever you want to do with this.
Impetus: I was just in ZDnet, reading the Linux Mint comments, and one poster, named w7hd1, said that MSFT changed the architecture of Win8.1/10 so that Linux can't mount or read those drives. Since I'm on Legacy not UEFI, I thought that remark was incorrect, so I plugged in my Mint 17 to boot my 8.1/10 drive.. and yeah, Mint can't read them! Boots fine, but Caja can't read the internal partitions, which are Win 8.1 and 10. Gives an error message when trying to mount those partitions, that they are 'not clean' (even though they are) and that the NTFS is not right (even though it is, I made the partitions with diskmgmt.msc). So it's a false message MSFT is giving to prevent reading/detection, just as the poster w7hd1, claimed.
I didn't encrypt the drives, so that's not the problem. It must be a native defense mechanism in each OS. Although, it could be that the esd file residing on each partition, renders each partition, unreadable to Linux?
No problem for Linux to read and manipulate the data on the drives, for prior Windows versions.
This matters, to a Windows diehard like me. I learned about and primarily use Linux, to rescue my Windows machines. So if it cannot mount the drive, I cannot rescue the files on it, and I cannot use those versions of Windows. Period. For, spit happens, and as many as there are restore/repair/rescue options, there is always a day each year when none of those things work. Linux then to the rescue. So it can't do that job, if it cannot mount the drives!
Has this been your experience, too? It's a genuine question. Criticism is an expense of time, so no one criticizes who hates the object. At least, I don't. If I don't care about something, I ignore it. But I care very much about this, especially given the 'offer' of Win10 (free or no, I don't care about that, I care about how well it works). Win8 is less of a concern for me: but to you, it might matter a bunch.
Edited by brainout, 20 July 2015 - 08:43 PM.