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I just installed Fedora today for the first time. This is my first experience using Linux. I also have Windows XP on my computer, and I only have one hdd. I have all my music on the partition that Windows is on. Can I simply make a new partition, move the music to this, and access these files while using Fedora ? If not, how can I access my music ? Thanks for the help.
Check /etc/fstab for an entry that contains an NTFS filesystem at either /dev/hda1 or /dev/hda2 (in a terminal, use less /etc/fstab and press q when finished). If it's there, then just type mount foobar, where foobar is the mount point listed for that partition in /etc/fstab.
If you're sure that it is at /dev/hda5, then you can create a mount point and moint it as follows:
mkdir /windows # as root
mount -t ntfs /dev/hda5 /windows
If this all goes according to plan, then add a line to /etc/fstab to have it done automatically - something like /dev/hda5 /windows ntfs ro,user,auto 0 0 should do the trick.
If you aren't sure that it's /dev/hda5, then run (as root) fdisk -l /dev/hda and look for the NTFS entry. Another potential, but hopefully unlikely problem is lack of support for NTFS in your current kernel. If it complains about not being able to understand this 'NTFS thang', then you may wish to try running insmod ntfs, on the off-chance that there's a module ready to be installed for it.
If you have the option auto included in /etc/fstab, it should be mounted at boot time along with your other partitions. The 'user' option allows an ordinary user to mount and unmount the partition, which can be changed to 'users' to allow any user to mount/unmount. You may also need to add the umask option, e.g. umask=0222 (after auto) to ensure that the permissions are correct.
Make sure that you have the mount point /windows still exists, then type mount /windows into a console - it should mount automatically for you next time you reboot - this is just for the first time. You can also now create a shortcut on the desktop, by right clicking on the desktop, and (depending on which window manager or desktop environment you're using) selecting Create New -> Device -> Hard Disk Device, and then select /dev/hda5 from the drop-down list under devices, giving it a name, icon, etc. etc.