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Old 01-20-2006, 04:30 PM   #1
jmrother
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NTFS external hard drive, mounted but not accessible


Hi everyone,

I'm running Fedora C4 on my laptop and I have a 160G external hd formatted in ntfs with my music and movies on it. I've read some of the other posts about mounting issues and I don't think that's the problem. When I plug in the hd, an icon appears on my desktop but when I try to open it, I get the message:

mount: unknown filesystem type 'ntfs'

I was thinking that perhaps I did not install the needed RPMs off the Fedora disks to view ntfs. Am i right? And if so, which RPMs are needed? Thanks!
 
Old 01-20-2006, 04:36 PM   #2
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Some distros support NTFS out of the box. Fedora does not.

http://www.linux-ntfs.org/content/view/120/59/
 
Old 01-20-2006, 06:30 PM   #3
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For sharing files between Windows and Linux, I suggest FAT32
 
Old 01-29-2006, 10:50 PM   #4
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EDIT: Looks like its mounted but Now i can access my Mnt folder, it was fine before now I dont have permissions to acces it : /
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I too have the same problem, running fedora core 4.
I have a scsi drive [sda1 or 5] with all my media on it & no OS. And would like that to be mounted . Ive tried the commands and i was told the arguments were wrong and I have been reading the manual but still have no luck.

Onne mentioned "no mountpoint"
Others said that id need to get the NTFS drivers and I did and installed the rpm [a sucess i think]
dont forget the leading slash as well ?

ive tried

mount -t ntfs -o nls=utf8 /dev/sda1 /mnt
# mount -t ntfs sda5/dev/ Desktop/ntfs

I came across " mkdir /mnt/X " and wasnt sure of fdisk or fstab, i dont want to risk data loss or corruption

But what am i missing to get this drive seen and be read properly
I am still getting "mount: unknown filesystem type 'ntfs'"

Appreciate the help.

Last edited by ryan47; 01-29-2006 at 11:09 PM.
 
Old 01-30-2006, 12:40 AM   #5
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(i)Your kernel doesn't supports NTFS, recompile with NTFS support builtin.

OR

(ii)Probably you have a kernel with ntfs compiled as module,

try out this:
# modprobe ntfs
# mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /mnt/win_ntfs

where win_ntfs is your mount directory OR any other name that you find suitable.
Revert back if it doesn't solves your problem.
 
Old 01-30-2006, 05:43 AM   #6
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After working a little bit more with the ntfs, I decided to reformat my external with fat32, as suggested. It works like a charm now. That was definitely the easiest way to go, even though it took a while.

I used partitionmagic to split my 160GB HD into two equal partitions and formatted the new one in fat32, then moved all my data to that one and formatted the remaining partition also in fat32.

So, I now have access to both partitions. Thanks for all your help. I'd recommend the same for everyone else.
 
Old 02-01-2006, 04:53 PM   #7
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ok thanks for the answers, gonna try this a bit later when i get off windows
basically i have 2 full hdd's and cant afford to lose it [or back up ] so im not sure about partitioning/formatting

Makes sense though

Thanks
 
Old 02-01-2006, 10:41 PM   #8
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Quote:
so im not sure about partitioning/formatting
Makes sense though
Its is absolutely not required and doesn't makes any sense, repartitioning the ntfs partition. Ntfs has its own fetures, for e.g. that poor Windows is already a crap with FAT32, ntfs provides a better file system for Windows and should be kept intact.

All modern kernel have ntfs support builtin, or may be as a module.So it is as simple as counting 123..

# su
# modprobe ntfs
# mount devicename mountpoint

Done!
 
  


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