accessing windows partition from linux partition
I know its impossible to read the linux partition from windows but i read somewhere its possible to read a ntfs partition from a linux partition. I currently have a dual boot and if i could transfer data from my windows xp partiition to my linux partiton without having to put data on cd's etc that would be very useful.
Can anyone help out, or point me to any resources that can explain how this is done? Im using redhat 9.
Assuming windows was the first thing installed, did you look in the /mnt/ directory? There should be a 'win_c' or something like that in there. That would be the windows partition.
Red Hat currently doesnt include a NTFS driver because of uncertainties surrounding the legal status of the driver
So - to READ a NTFS partition from Red Hat, you can either:
Check out this site for an RPM
You'll need to create a mount point as root user with
Then put a line in /etc/fstab - modify this one to include the device name for your Windows partition:
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows ntfs umask=0222,auto,ro 0 0
Incidentally - you can use Explore2fs from Win XP to get access to Linux filesystems - check out this site for more info:
ok thanks, ill get on it now. Also sorry to the mods, someone just made a very similar post about 10 mins before, i didn't see it when i posted this though.
how can i see my partition table ? I thought fdisk from the shell would bring this up. i know what my ntfs partition is called but while i was editing usr/fstab (incidentally what does fstab stand for?) i noticed my swap partion is on hda4. I have only the one hard disk so this is confusing.
If i can see the partition table under linux i can see how i need to edit the ntfs entry.
fdisk -l /dev/hda
will give you the partition table of hda.
Remember to use
(su with a space then a dash after it - to get Root user's PATH to get access to fdisk)
Word of caution
Make sure you don't mount as writeable. The line that Skyline suggested is correct. It will be read only. Do not try to write to NTFS. You can really hose the system.
Skyline: I didn't know you were supposed to put a '-' after su. I never did and it worked fine. Just tried it. Yours different somehow? :confused:
Might I suggest that you have a small partition that is fat32. Both Linux and NTFS can read/write to that. That is safe.
Hope that helps.
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I thought there may be something different. I have used fdisk and cfdisk before with no problems. Guess Mandrake is different from Redhat. Need to remember that. Crap, no room left in my brain. Need to throw out something. I know, I'll throw out some of that windoze crap. I don't use it anyway. :D
Later guys, and gals. Any gals out there? Never mind ;) ;)
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thanks everyone. Skyline u're totally right about the su - , i'd been using su and then wondering why i STILL didn't have root access. I've edited fstab and but i still cant mnt windows partition, maybe i edited it wrongly. Skyline u said to modify this line to include the device name for the windows partition. So i typed
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows hpfs/ntfs umask=0222,auto,ro 0 0
If the device name is simply hda1 then i have modified fstab and when i reboot i see 'fail' and 'fs type hpfs/ntfs not supported by kernel' . (I also tried simply with ntfs)
Also will windows be mounted as soon as i get the right commmand in fstab or do i have to keep rebooting.
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You just need ntfs in the 3rd field of fstab not hpfs/ntfs.
The device name of your Windows partition would just be something like
incidentally - whats the output of
and yes - when the correct line is in fstab Windows will be mounted at boot up each time you boot.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by dalek
> Later guys, and gals. Any gals out there? Never mind ;) ;)
Yes, there are :) :)
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