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Old 07-19-2005, 09:09 PM   #1
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want to access WindowsXP partition from Red Hat 7.3

Howdy, all.

I'm your latest newbie, kinda sorta. Thanks to all who contribute to and maintain this site. What a find!

I re-configured my machine from strictly Red Hat 7.3 to Windows XP plus RH7.3 on my hard drive. I have a Dell Dimension 4400 PC.

I ran the qt_parted Partitioning tool to make room for RH7.3 after I had installed WindowsXP first. I would like to access the XP partition (hda2) from a bash shell. My RH7.3 manual tells me that ntfs files (used by default by WindowsXP) cannot be accessed. Only the older vfat file formats can be seen from within the 2.4.18 Kernel used by RH 7.3.

I created a new directory /mnt/windows and then tried the command

mount -t /dev/hda2 vfat /mnt/windows. I also tried replacing vfat with ntfs and got what I expected - ntfs is not supported by the Kernel.

I hope I can avoid having to upgrade my Kernel, since I bought RH 7.3 in 2002 and would like to continue using it.

Is there a patch of some kind or a trick that anybody is aware of that will allow me to use my existing Kernel to see the Windows files. This is important because I need to be able to unzip and compile a piece of code that was 1.5 MB long during download and thus would not fit on a floppy.

Old 07-19-2005, 09:16 PM   #2
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try this site

there are kernel modules available for redhat 7

and read the instructions

but mabey a better idea would be to just get something newer
redhat 7 is kinda old
Old 07-19-2005, 11:04 PM   #3
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mounting WindowsXP partition from RH 7.3

Dear Garda,

Thanks for your very fast reply. I went to the Sourceforge project site you sent me and it looks like they have the RPM that I'll need. I'll try it Wed. and see how it goes.

You've probably saved me days of time - much obliged!
Old 07-20-2005, 11:51 AM   #4
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Howdy, Garda.

I downloaded the RPM for Red Hat 7.3 (Valhalla), kernel 2.4.18-3, and followed the instructions per the site you recommended below and it went without a hitch!

I was able to mount my windows partition, view partition info., and copy the file I wanted from the windows partition over into /usr/local for unpacking and subsequent use.

That's a pretty slick piece of code those folks at the NTFS driver project have written, and we dual-boot users owe them a big thank-you.

Thanks again, and all the best to ya!
Old 07-21-2005, 03:22 PM   #5
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Just a non-offensive question: Why are you using such a old version of RED HAT? 9.0 is already old.


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