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Old 08-18-2005, 10:12 PM   #1
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How to get Ubuntu to read Windows/USB drive?


I am new to Ubuntu, but how do you get Ubuntu to see the Windows partition and a USB memory stick? With Mandriva and SuSE, it just automatically mounted it for me and all I had to do was
Code:
cd /mnt/windows
or

[code]
cd /mnt/usb
[code]

I tried to mount it manually but it did not work. I'm guessing I have to edit my /etc/fstab file? What do I do in there?
 
Old 08-18-2005, 10:44 PM   #2
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Depends a bit on the filesystem that you're using on windows and on the usb stick. But, assuming NTFS for the former, and VFAT for the latter, you could add two entries to /etc/fstab as follows
Code:
/dev/hda2     /mnt/windows      ntfs    ro,noauto,user,umask=0022     0     0
/dev/sda      /mnt/usbdrive     vfat    rw,user,noauto,umask=0000     0     0
Obviously, you will have to be root to edit this file. Then, after creating the two mount points (i.e. the two directories at /mnt/windows and /mnt/usbdrive) you should just then be able to issue "mount /mnt/usbdrive" to mount your usb stick, and the equivalent for windows.

There is a catch, of course. You need to have both the filesystem and the partition correct, in both cases. The easiest way to do this is to issue fdisk -l /dev/hdx (changing the x to whichever drive you have your windows on), and fdisk -l /dev/sd* for the usbstick (after inserting it). The reason for this is that often there is a small 'utility' partition at the start of some drives - unless you've formatted them since buying them.

Good luck !

Cheers,

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Old 08-19-2005, 11:38 AM   #3
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Thank you mj! This was the information I was looking for.
 
Old 08-19-2005, 04:49 PM   #4
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No worries

Cheers.
 
Old 08-20-2005, 12:05 PM   #5
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Ubuntu can also mount automatically.

Look in Fstab if it did and where.

In my case it mounted a dos drive under /dos

I have a 4GB stick, If I connect it before starting it appears on the desktop.

To my opinion there is a hotplug mounting mechanism.

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Old 08-21-2005, 01:17 AM   #6
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there is a hotplug mechanism for usb, but not for the win-drive.
the usb would aotu-mount in /media/*name of device*
my san-disk mp3 player mounts automaticly as
/media/san512
 
  


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