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Old 09-02-2006, 02:58 PM   #1
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Recover Windows Files

I am fairly new to linux and I seemed to have run into a major problem. Ever since I installed Fecora core 4 with grub I have been unable to boot to my windows partition. All I need to do is recover some files from the Windows partition.

I am unable to mount my ntfs windows partition in Fedora because I'm told I need a module. I have tried to get this module but I need something called yum which I cannot get installed. Yum comes as a tar.gz file. I right-click, select extract, and all it does is put a yum folder in the same directory. There is no setup.exe in the new yum folder however there is what seems to be a text file called INSTALL. I open it and it says:
For usage information, please see the README.
run make
run make install, if you're a masochist.
you're better off making an rpm and installing it

BTW, nothing useful is in the README and nothing in the new yum folder is named "make" or "make install".

So I said F it, downloaded Knoppix, and accessed my Windows partition no problem. But using Knoppix, I cannot mount the LVM partition of Fedora.

Here's my options:
1. Download and install a new linux Distro that can mount ntfs w/o installing a module
2. Figure out a way to mount LVM in Knoppix
3. Get Yum installed to install a module to mount ntfs in Fedora
4. Secret option 4 created by you linux guru's.

Any advice/help would be appreciated. One thing, if you think 1 would be easiest (which I do), what program can I use in Fedora to burn DVD iso? Thanks in advace guys, really.

Last edited by LVsFINEST; 09-02-2006 at 03:01 PM.
Old 09-02-2006, 03:11 PM   #2
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You don't need yum to install the ntfs module rpm if that is all you need. Yum is a tool used to check the rpmdatabase and compare to set repositories to see if rpm packages are newer and installable.

Fisrt you need to know the kernel version you have. Use the command ' uname -r '
Now goto and look under the FC4 > NTFS section and get the one that matches kernel version.
Download it.
Now open a terminal session and su to root.
Goto the location you saved the file too.
To test run the command ' rpm -ivh ntfs*.rpm --test '
If no errors or complaints then run it again minus the --test option.
Not sure if a reboot will be required so the system will recognise the new module.

Check out this as well.

Also I would do a little research into rpm and it usage to understand it with the usage with Redhat and Redhat Clone distros like FC.



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