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Old 09-04-2003, 11:53 AM   #1
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Question DualBoot RedHat/Win98SE, HD Mounting Q?

I have a Dual boot setup on my system with Windows 98SE, and Linux RedHat 9... My main problem is the issue about how my Hard Drive (9GB) was partitioned. You see, I have the partitions as follows:

100MB EXT3 "/boot" ; 600MB "SWAP" ; 2040MB VFAT (Win98 C: ) ; 5000MB EXT3 "/" ; 2040MB VFAT (Win98 D: )

I know that the /boot, SWAP, and / partitions were all mounted properly, as were my cdrom, cdrom1, and floppy drive were also mounted properly...


This is a big problem for me because the whole reason why I wanted RedHat on there is so that I can access data from both OS types in Linux.

Is there a way that I can mount my two Windows 98SE partitions in Linux RedHat AFTER it's all installed? Or do I have to wipe out my Linux installation, and redo everything?

Thanks for your help in advance! I gotta run to class, then to a Funeral today...

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Old 09-04-2003, 12:01 PM   #2
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You don't have to wipe everything. Open a terminal, switch to root (with "su -" command), and run "fdisk -l" to see your partitions. Once you find out what your Windows partitions are called, you can mount them to any folder:

mount -t vfat /dev/<your-win-partition-here> /any/folder

To mount automatically on start up, you add a line in your /etc/fstab file:
/dev/<ywp> /any/folder vfat defaults,umask=0 0 0
Old 09-04-2003, 09:56 PM   #3
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Originally posted by aaa
Option 1: mount -t vfat /dev/<your-win-partition-here> /any/folder

Option 2: To mount automatically on start up, you add a line in your /etc/fstab file:
/dev/<ywp> /any/folder vfat defaults,umask=0 0 0 [/B]
THANKS FOR THE REPLY!!! I have a quick question though... If I do the first option, then restart the computer & re-login to my system, will it have forgotten that I wanted my two Win98SE partitions mounted?

Or is it absolutely necessary to (option 2) add the line to the /etc/fstab file? Also, if I add this line, do I add it at the end, or beginning?

Sorry for being an irritating I'm not afraid of clearly displaying my ignorance in such matters! THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY! I'm going to try those two things! I'll post back in a bit to let you know how things went...
Old 09-05-2003, 01:20 AM   #4
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WOO HOO! It worked! It worked like a charm! I added the /etc/fstab lines too. Now it's running just as I 'd hoped.

Thanks a lot guys!!! This forum has TONS of information! (Something this newbie is learning from lurking the site a while... Thanks!


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