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Old 03-01-2006, 01:09 PM   #1
g_srinivas
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Question How to mount WD Media Center on Debian Sarge


Hello,
I am using Debian Sarge and i am unable to mount my USB based external Western Digital Media Center on it. This hdd is having only one partition formatted with ntfs filesystem and also it has two different types of card readers on it. I tried to mount it the following ways:

Code:
# mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb/
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb/
mount: /dev/sda1 is not a valid block device
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda2 /mnt/usb/
mount: /dev/sda2 is not a valid block device
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda3 /mnt/usb/
mount: /dev/sda3 is not a valid block device
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda4 /mnt/usb/
mount: /dev/sda4 is not a valid block device
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda5 /mnt/usb/
mount: /dev/sda5 is not a valid block device
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda6 /mnt/usb/
mount: /dev/sda6 is not a valid block device
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda7 /mnt/usb/
mount: /dev/sda7 is not a valid block device
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda8 /mnt/usb/
mount: /dev/sda8 is not a valid block device
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda9 /mnt/usb/
mount: /dev/sda9 is not a valid block device
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I used the first command always to mount my pocket usb stick and it worked always, but of course it was of fat32 type of filesystem. Can anyone please tell me how to mount this device???

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 03-02-2006, 08:58 AM   #2
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ntfs support is most commonly limited to root access only.
even if you have mount as non root user you can't mount ntfs unless root.

the other issue, ntfs is not reliable for read / write access in linux yet, it may corrupt the drive on you.
 
Old 03-02-2006, 12:49 PM   #3
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I tried mounting the harddisk through root a/c only.. and where as ntfs is concerned i had earlier mounted this type of file system when i was having another partition on the same system. For that i had modified the fstab for auto mounting, which worked without any problems...

Now, i am looking for mounting my external harddisk with ntfs partition in Read-Only mode. I am sure that this is possible but only thing i dont know how. Please help.

Thanks.
 
  


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