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Old 03-19-2005, 04:23 PM   #1
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Mounting a Fat32 Partition

I have Fedora Core 3 dual booted with windows, on seperate 80gig hdds. I have the hdd that linux is on split into 2 partitions, one for all the linux things and the other is a Fat32 partition, ment to share files between linux and windows. My question is how do I mount the partition into linux so i can interchange files with windows?
Old 03-19-2005, 05:07 PM   #2
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Not knowing much about your underlying structure, I'll have to explain some things.

the command is

mount -t vfat /dev/hdXY /mount/location

Typically I use /mnt/somesubdirectory or /mnt/win

The directory you wish to mount to must exist. (so mkdir directory)

Now, /dev/hdXY isn't a real device entry.

X should be the drive letter. In linux this is "a" for primary master, "b" for primary slave, "c" for secondary mater and "d" for secondary slave"

Y stands for the partition you want to mount. If unsure, you can fdisk /dev/hdaX (note, there is no number here designating the partition) and there simply type p to print the partition information and q for quit.

So, now you should be able to come up with something like this.

mount -t vfat /dev/hdb1 /mnt/win

Thats the secondary salve, first partition.

Make sure you have the vfat module available, if you compiled from source you will want to make sur eyou have that. Fedora includes the vfat module by default and should load it. *you might under odd circumstances have to modprobe vfat*
Old 03-19-2005, 05:20 PM   #3
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You can also edit your /etc/fstab file so that you automatically mount the drive each time you boot up. Add a line to the file like so...

/dev/hdXY /mount_location vfat defaults 0 0

For that matter you can mount your other windows partitions in the same way, if you so desire.
Old 03-19-2005, 05:44 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, Ill try that soon.


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