I have zcashd installed on my ubuntu17 partition. I used this to generate my t and z addresses. I do mining off a super-fast USB, using a custom OS called nvOC, found on bitcointalk.
To check my ZEC balance, I would reboot my PC into the first partition, run zcashd, and run z_gettotalbalance. Once i'm satisfied, I reboot into the second partition and continue mining.
The only wallet i'm using is the default zcash GUI wallet, which is only accessible by running zcashd. Are there other ways of viewing my balance without going into zcashd?