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Old 08-28-2004, 02:10 AM   #1
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will Linux (suse) recognize files from fat32....?


I just switched from Xp to suse and i was wondering if i could save all my files from XP...i have thousands of mp3s that i want. I Have two partitons that have all the files on them but i cant find them on the explorer thingy...this is all so new and scary. Im a Windows kid born and raised.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 02:18 AM   #2
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Yes, it can. You may need to tweak your /etc/fstab configuration file first though. There should be a line that goes something like this:

Code:
/dev/hdaX      /mnt/point    vfat    noauto,rw,user
replace hdaX with the partition device your fat32 partition is on and /mnt/point with the directory you want it mounted on (I assume you understand the concept of mounts in Linux).

Now you can sleep well at night.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 02:25 AM   #3
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almost all distributions can recognize MS file system(including fat fat16 fat32 and ntfs), but Redhat's can't recognize NTFS, you should install a patch to mount an ntfs partition.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 02:28 AM   #4
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mounting wins partition

ok...so if i get this right you have mp3 files on the same computer that u need to access from linux and they are on a fat32 partition. That being said here i go...

type this...

#mkdir /mnt/windows

this is where the filesystem will be mounted to, it can be anywhere, I just like it under the mnt directory.

find out what the value for your windows partition is.... it will be a value such as hda1 or hdb2....

given that the partition is hda1 and the filesystem is fat32, add this line to your /etc/fstab file

/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat defaults 1 1

After you have added the line save and exit the file.

now type

#mount /mnt/windows

this will mount the drive to that location.

then

#cd /mnt/windows
#ls

voila'

your whole drive should be there....and you also just configured it to mount it every time your system boots into linux so it will always be there w/out having to type the mount command anymore. Hope this helps....

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Old 08-28-2004, 02:33 AM   #5
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oh my god this is almost greek....ive never heard of a mount...and where should i type this...i got SuSe i dont see any command prompts
 
Old 08-28-2004, 02:48 AM   #6
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Old 08-28-2004, 02:55 AM   #7
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and also what do you mean the value of the partiton....i know it was called E: and D: where would i find the value of it at? remember im completly new to Linux. oh yeah im on SuSE

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Old 08-28-2004, 05:21 AM   #8
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Oh dear, this is going to be tough. I would suggest you put on hold whatever it is you intend to do on this Linux machine, get a book or download a guide (see www.tldp.org for some good ones) and read up a little though. It's really hard to explain this in a single forum post, but in a nutshell:

- Linux doesn't understand drives letters. It only knows mount points and device files.

- A mount point is a directory where another filesystem can be "mounted" on. eg. if you have a directory called /foo and you mount your windows partition on it, the subdirs in the win partition will hang off /foo. eg /foo/windows, "/foo/Program Files", /foo/config.sys

- A device file is a special "file" that (usually) represent a particular hardware. eg /dev/hda /dev/mouse. Writing data to a device file is like writing directly to disk sectors (in the case of disk devices).

To all the Linux apologists: Repeat after me, "Linux is NOT ready for the desktop".

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Old 08-28-2004, 06:18 AM   #9
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not really that hard....type this

#sfdisk -l

thats a lower case "L" and figur out which one is windows


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Old 08-29-2004, 10:44 AM   #10
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Just a thought, If the windows fat32 partition was present when you installed suse, the partition may be present already. The table that contains the mount points which are mounted when you boot up is in /etc/fstab. If you can find a line that contains 'vfat', this may be your mp3 partition.
 
  


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