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Old 12-21-2003, 10:10 AM   #1
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How-to enable ntfs support for kernal 2.4

I recently "had" to upgrade my Win98 partition to XP...I would like to be able to view the files on that HD as I once did w/98...I tried the follow command

mount -t ntfs /dev/hda /mnt/windows
(xp only OS on first drv....linux on 2nd drv)

this is the command that use to work:

mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows (hda1 because I had win98 and xp on the same drv)

...but nothing showed up in the /mnt/windows dir....still relatively new to linux how do I check for ntfs support or how do I add ntfs...or is this even the problem?
Old 12-21-2003, 10:54 AM   #2
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Most kernels that come default have NTFS support builtin, if not you can try to load it as a module:

modprobe ntfs

If it loads successfully, you should then be able to mount your XP drive to view from.

If not, its kernel recompile time to add support. Or you could just try compiling the NTFS support in, can't think of the webpage to download from, but from my standpoint, recompiling a kernel is much easier and plus then you can just upgrade it..
Old 12-21-2003, 11:38 AM   #3
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Redhat doesn't include NTFS at all in their distribution, so you need to download the NTFS module from the following website:

Don't ask me why they're not included, most probably they don't want to invite trouble from M$ ..


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