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Old 06-30-2007, 05:09 AM   #1
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how to mount windows file system (NTFS) to linux


any body could tell. How to mount the windows file system that NTFS oR FAT to linux.
Old 06-30-2007, 05:34 AM   #2
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I just mounted my windows partition this way:
sudo mkdir /mnt/windows
sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows/ -o ro,noexec,nosuid,nodev,uid=jschiwal
Use the right device and your own username. The last part will give you access.

This is the /etc/fstab entry I use for a usb pendrive:
UID=3B69-1AFD /mnt/cr256 vfat rw,nosuid,nodev,noatime,noauto,flush,user,uid=jschiwal,utf8,shortname=lower,fmask=177,dmask=077
Being an external drive, I used the noauto option. The user option allows me to mount it without begin root.

See the man mount page for an explanation on the other options.

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Just a P.S. to jschiwal's post: the /etc/fstab entry will make the Linux system aware of the NTFS/FAT filesystem upon bootup. This is the way to go if you want to be able to access it every time you use Linux (without the 'noauto' option).
Old 07-01-2007, 11:20 AM   #5
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All of my Linux distributions mount my USB pen drives automatically without that complicated line in /etc/fstab that jschiwal has in his/hers /etc/fstab, actually, my /etc/fstab in all my distributions do not have an entry for USB devices, sort of a hotplug thing.
As far as mounting an ntfs file system, I install ntfs-3g and add a line to /etc/fstab like this if the ntfs partition is /dev/sda2 after making a mount directory called /windows for the partition:
/dev/sda2     /windows      ntfs-3g      default     0       0
Not only can I mount a ntfs partition with this, I can also write to it.
Old 07-01-2007, 11:28 AM   #6
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Of course, if you do not want it mounted automatically you can just issue this command to mount it in read only:
mount -t ntfs /dev/sda2 /windows
Or, if you install ntfs-3g for read write access:
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda2 /windows
Or, if it is a Fat32 partition, to mount it manually:
mount -t vfat /dev/sda2 /windows
To mount a USB Fat32 partition in read write mode where the system has it in the file system as /media/volume1:
mount -o rw -t vfat /dev/sda2 /media/volume1

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