Originally posted by enemorales
Is your a SATA of SCSI drive? If not I think you have to do "fdisk -l /dev/hda" to have your disk information. It is important to get the information, because if your PC came with Windows preloaded it is possible that there are more than one partition in your harddisk: the brands are use to allocate some extra space for some utilites and that space is hidden from Windows.
As near as I can tell, fdisk recognizes three disks: /dev/hda, /dev/sda, and /dev/sdb. /dev/hda is broken into four Linux partition (its a 120GB IDE drive). /dev/sdb appears to be the floppy drive (connected through a USB port). That leaves the Serial ATA drive (200GB) with Windows installed to be /dev/sda.
I know that the first partition of the SATA drive is a recovery partition that uses FAT32. The second partition is Windows XP and is NTFS.
I know the geometry of the drive and the partition layout. How can I get LINUX to recognize it?
In the second place. I read the instructions of the link and there is a step missing. If you downloaded the Kernel module, you have to run "modprobe ntfs" before you can mount the ntfs partition.
If you don't get the information with fdisk, I think that you don't want Linux to partition the harddisk, but only to recognize it. If fdisk doesn't work, you could try something like (as root):
# mkdir /mnt/windows <-- replace windows for whatever you prefer
# mount -t ntfs -o ro /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
Notice the "-o ro" option, to ask the partition to be mounted READONLY, as to write in ntfs partitions is not safe from Linux. It could be also "/dev/hda2". You can also try "-t auto".
I also read what you tried. If your disk is SATA or SCSI and there is only one partition there, you should put "/dev/sda1" or "/dev/sda2"...
Hope this helps you. Good luck!!
Thank you for taking the time to help. Even though I don't know what I'm doing, I feel that I'm getting closer.