Files dissapear after moving from Linux to Windows partition

I’ve been having an issue where If I move some file from Linux to Windows (from within Linux), It seems to disappear! For example the other day my brother told me to download a file for him I choose one of the windows partition as the download location, I did get download finished prompt, I even opened that partition from within Dolphin and It was there, but after booting into Windows it was gone. Same thing happened last night, this time I downloaded it to Linux first, then moved it to Windows, once again, boot into Windows and it’s gone! I checked from within Linux to see If I can view it from Linux, nope! I cannot, It’s just gone! But here’s the thing tho, I have reinstalled Linux many times, installed couple of distros (some several times), in all cases I’ve copied some of my personal files over to the Windows partition and was able to retrieve it every time with no problem, I’ve not booted into windows after doing so tho, so maybe booting into windows after moving/copying something to it causes some issues? or maybe it’s a problem with moving the files, maybe copying doesn’t cause the same issues? I’m not really sure.


  Kernel: 5.4.62-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.4-x86_64 
  root=UUID=fabca885-904e-499f-b9ca-17bdfb51a1a2 rw quiet apparmor=1 
  security=apparmor resume=UUID=7429e984-f57f-46d7-bebf-8e0882fa0a7a 
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.19.5 tk: Qt 5.15.0 wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM 
  Distro: Manjaro Linux 
  Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 20DM000VUS v: ThinkPad S3 Yoga 14 
  serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: LENOVO model: 20DM000VUS v: SDK0E50512 STD serial: <filter> 
  UEFI: LENOVO v: JGET34WW (1.20 ) date: 12/04/2018 
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: N/A condition: N/A volts: N/A model: N/A type: Li-ion 
  serial: <filter> status: Charging 
  Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-4210U bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Haswell family: 6 model-id: 45 (69) stepping: 1 microcode: 26 
  L2 cache: 3072 KiB 
  flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx 
  bogomips: 19167 
  Speed: 1364 MHz min/max: 800/2700 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1152 2: 1127 
  3: 1072 4: 1160 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: Split huge pages 
  Type: l1tf 
  mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable 
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable 
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
  Type: spec_store_bypass 
  mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, 
  IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode 
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
  Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics vendor: Lenovo driver: i915 
  v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:0a16 
  Device-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce 840M] vendor: Lenovo driver: nvidia 
  v: 450.66 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus ID: 04:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1341 
  Device-3: Chicony Integrated Camera type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus ID: 1-7:4 
  chip ID: 04f2:b46a serial: <filter> 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 compositor: kwin_x11 
  driver: modesetting,nvidia unloaded: intel,nouveau alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa 
  display ID: :0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.0x11.2") 
  s-diag: 582mm (22.9") 
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 158 size: 309x173mm (12.2x6.8") 
  diag: 354mm (13.9") 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 4400 (HSW GT2) 
  v: 4.5 Mesa 20.1.7 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio vendor: Lenovo driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel bus ID: 00:03.0 chip ID: 8086:0a0c 
  Device-2: Intel 8 Series HD Audio vendor: Lenovo driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:9c20 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.62-1-MANJARO 
  Device-1: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: efa0 
  bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 8086:08b2 
  IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter> 
  Local Storage: total: 480.68 GiB used: 217.59 GiB (45.3%) 
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: SanDisk model: SSD U110 16GB size: 14.91 GiB 
  block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> 
  rev: 001 scheme: MBR 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST500LT012-9WS142 size: 465.76 GiB 
  block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s 
  rotation: 5400 rpm serial: <filter> rev: SDM1 scheme: GPT 
  ID-1: / raw size: 24.41 GiB size: 23.91 GiB (97.92%) used: 14.96 GiB (62.6%) 
  fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb8 
  ID-2: /home raw size: 127.64 GiB size: 125.13 GiB (98.04%) 
  used: 11.78 GiB (9.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb9 
  Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache pressure: 100 (default) 
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 3.91 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 
  dev: /dev/sdb7 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 67.0 C mobo: 45.0 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0 
  Processes: 209 Uptime: 40m Memory: 7.69 GiB used: 2.87 GiB (37.3%) 
  Init: systemd v: 246 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 clang: 10.0.1 Packages: 1276 
  pacman: 1269 lib: 333 flatpak: 7 Shell: Bash v: 5.0.18 running in: konsole 
  inxi: 3.1.05

Check whether you have Fast Boot enabled in the Windows system, and if so, disable it. Fast Boot does not properly shut down Windows and leaves its filesystems in disarray.

If you then boot into GNU/Linux, the kernel will flag the Windows filesystems as “dirty” and will mount them as read-only so as to prevent damage to the filesystems.


There doesn’t seem to even be an option for fast boot in the power options

The link below tells you how to check whether it’s enabled, and how to disable it.

The above, brought to you by someone who doesn’t even use¹ Microsoft Windows. :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

¹ But I do know how to use :duck::duck::walking_man:. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Yeah, that’s what I mean, I DID follow that tutorial but in step 6 it says to click a button to show option to turn of Fast Startup, but clicking that button for does not show that option, there is no option to turn it off, I think maybe my laptop doesn’t support Fast Startup at all or maybe it’s just the windows version I’m using doesn’t support it. So I think it might now be a Fast Boot issue, or maybe it is and there is some other way to turn it off.