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Aaa little more detail on what you have and what your intentions are would be helpful. Which distribution of Linux are you using. Which filesystem do you use on it? You should not need to download any software as creating mount points and mounting filesystems can be done with pretty much any Linux distribution. Some info on your current setup as well as intentions would be useful.
It's not really clear to me what you want to do. You're asking about mounting an ext3 filesystem, but you also ask about making partitions. What exactly do you want to do? Do you have an ext3 partition you want to mount, or do you want to create a partition that you want to put an ext3 filesystem on?
You have to have an ext3 partirion in order to mount it, so you first have to create a partition on your hard drive and then mount it to your desierd location.
After taht you can start play with whatever you what.
Search for a tutorial on how to create a partioin with Gparted, and at the creation time choose ext3 partition.
Yep, if you have somthing to loose from your exsisting HD then i seggest taht you will find a friend that can create for you the partition you need.
But you can create it on a USB key as well, so if you happen to have one connect it to your system, and crate the partition on it.
Do a search on google 'how to crate an ext3 partition on a USB key'
If you learn, it is better for you to do it through the command line of you backtrack distro.
Why the VERY VERY VERY old backtrack 3
it is a dead version
the current is Backtrack 5
also backtrack IS NOT designed for very new users
think of it this way
The TV show "criminal Minds " the FBI's "hacker" Penelope
that characters - skill set - is the target user for Backtrack
the SECURITY penetrating and security TESTING ( and yes illegal system cracking )
the OS is Designed for CRACKING computer networks
so if you do not know how to mount a partition then i can only guess that you want to use it for ILLEGAL uses