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Old 11-27-2001, 10:27 PM   #1
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Mounting with Vfat

Ummm I have linux Redhat 7. I am a newbie and how can I mount my windows vfat partition thing so i can view it in linux? And then after I mount it waht do I do then?
Old 11-28-2001, 12:44 AM   #2
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You'll need to know the hd(?) Say your windows partition is hda1 then you could at console type: mount /dev/hda1 /windows
You can mount it wherever you want, just make the directory first. mkdir [name]
Obviously for a permenant mount at boot, go to the /etc directory and edit the fstab file and add to that the lines needed to mount at boot. i.e. /dev/hda1 /windows vfat [options]
The options depend on whether or not you want it to be read-write (rw), read-only (ro), auto, noauto etc....It'll be easy enough to decide if you look at the man page for mount: man mount Hope that helps at all...Write back for more help...I am very tired and can't seem to even type right and stay awake at the same time.
Old 11-28-2001, 04:31 AM   #3
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If say your windows partition is hda1 then do the following as root (su)

mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows

(obviously creating /mnt/windows beforehand)

You can put the following in your /etc/fstab
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows defaults,user,noauto 0

Warning that will make it mountable by anyuser if you don't want that just take the "user" out then you will have to be root to mount it, it also doesn't mount at boot time.

(If anyone knows how to mount it at boot time as a specific user then i would like to know.)

Then you can just type
mount /mnt/windows
to mount the partition.

Hope that helps
Old 11-28-2001, 09:11 PM   #4
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I just posted this reply to the same question on a different thread:

To allow yourself (as opposed to "root") to read and write to a vfat file, this is how the line should look like in the fstab file:

/dev/hda2 /dosc vfat uid=500,gid=500,auto,rw 0 0
where uid=500 and gid=500 are your user ID number and group ID number, respectively. To find out what your uid and gid are, type "id" at the


Old 11-29-2001, 04:19 AM   #5
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Cheers, will try that when i get home...

Did think I'd already tried that but must have got the line wrong or summat..



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