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Old 10-08-2003, 12:21 PM   #1
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Question Mounting NTFS File Systems

Im basically new to Linux and after playing around with Slackware got RedHat installed for ease. I got RedHat 9 but needed a driver for my modem so had to download in Win2K.

Now i just need to get to the file from my Linux partition but apparently NTFS mounting is not supported in RedHat. Can anyone help?

Old 10-08-2003, 12:23 PM   #2
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modprobe ntfs

Then see if you can't mount the drive. If it errors out on loading the NTFS module, you'll most likely need to recompile your kernel to add NTFS support.
Old 10-08-2003, 03:22 PM   #3
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I tried suse 7.3, and redhat 9 before i decided to go with mandrake. I couldn't figure out how to update suse because they don't distribute isos, so i switched to red hat. My sound card wasn't even supported in red hat, and i couldn't get any rpms to work, so i switched to mandrake 9.2 rc2. so far i've been quite satisfied with mandrake, and from what i've heard it's supposed to support ntfs, and a lot of other things red hat just doesn't. But i'm still new to linux so what do i know? :P
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One caveat: Linux only supports read-only access to NTFS file systems. There is experimental support for write access to NTFS, but it may very well mangle your data at this point. Use NTFS drivers in read-only mode for now.
Old 10-08-2003, 04:31 PM   #5
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Yeah i heard about the read-only aspect but that suits me fine for this purpose. Thanks ppl.

I'll reboot and use cmos setup to reenable my Linux hd. Anyone know how to set up the bootloader to allow me to choose.
I have:
Win2K on Primary-Master (hda1)
CD-ROM on Primary-Slave (hda2?)
Linux on Secondary-Master
CD-R/RW on Secondary-Slave

Thanks again and in advance for future help. Thanks
Old 10-08-2003, 10:35 PM   #6
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For reading ntfs, you can just add this module to your kernel.

Go here :
and select the module that suits you, and install it as
" rpm -Uvh modulename "

To know the current version of your kernel, type 'uname -r' in the shell.
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Quorn, if you don't mind formatting that would be the easiest way, and by your CMOS setup I see you have two HD's which makes it even easier.

Anyway, partition both, install Win2K on Primary (one full NTFS (or vFat?) partition. Then install your Linux distro on the second HD (with /, /boot/ and swap) and your Linux OS (should) detect Windows and add DOS to the loader as an option.
Old 10-09-2003, 02:56 PM   #8
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I just reinstalled RedHat with the Win2K (NTFS) HD attached and it added it to the bootloader but it doesnt work in loading Win2k. It says its Booting "Windows 2000" but just sits there. I still have to disable the hd to get here into Windows, I have a HCF modem you see.


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