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Old 03-02-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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How can I read the Windows partition in a dual boot system?

I have a dual boot system running Fedora Core 2 and Win98. I would like to directly access the Windows partition from the Command Line.
I also have a PCMCIA external drive that I used to use in Windows, but now want to copy to my Linux partition or just use it in Linux.
Is there one solution for both?
Thank you for any help.
Old 03-02-2006, 11:27 AM   #2
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mount -t auto /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows

/dev/hda1 - points to the partition where windows is loaded, if windows is on the first partition then its hda1
/mnt/windows - is where you wish to mount it (you might have to create the folder)

As for the pcmcia drive i'm guessing that you have the pcmcia kernel modules loaded, if not your going to have to either compile a new kernel or possibly download one via YUM.
Old 03-02-2006, 11:35 AM   #3
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for the above command, you will need to create the mount point first (/mnt/windows or whatever you want) you will also need to look into umask as FAT cant do Unix permissions and you will want to have your files read/write.

I am sure a search of the forums will turn up what you want
Old 03-02-2006, 12:33 PM   #4
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Thank you OKMYX and Ethics. I am able to access...

...the Windows partition.
I'm assuming that I would use something similar, like

mount -t auto /dev/dha2 /mnt/windows for the PCMCIA external drive. I will try this tonight when I get home.

Thank you both for your quick responses.


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