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Old 10-11-2006, 03:58 PM   #1
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Good News - Mandriva2007 and Mounting USB NTFS HD

Hello forum,

I just thought I'd post to say that you can configure Mandriva 2007 to mount a USB external hard drive with NTFS without having to write a custom FDI rule like you had to do with Mandriva 2006 due to HAL's constant re-writing of the device line in fstab upon reboot. The drive could only be accessed in root after HAL re-wrote the device line. In otherwords, HAL would remove the required entry of umask=0022, making the drive unaccessable for an ordinary user without the custom FDI rule to overide it.

I don't yet know what method is used, but it works great.


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Old 10-12-2006, 10:30 AM   #2
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Cool thanks for letting us know. Suse and fedora have similar positives about them.
Just in case, mention how you can configure mandriva to do this.
Old 10-13-2006, 05:00 AM   #3
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Mounting USB NTFS Hard Drive Mandriva 2007

Hello Xerop,

The way I configured Mandriva 2007 to automount my USB NTFS hard drive is as follows:

First, I noticed the drive was recognized in "Devices" as a USB device but didn't appear to be mounted. So I opened up "Configure your Computer" and clicked on the "Mount Points" tab, then I clicked on "Create, Resize, Delete Hard Disk Partitions" Then I clicked on the tab for my USB NTFS hard drive (mine was sda). Then I clicked on its partition to show the options for that hard drive. Then I clicked on "Toggle to Expert Mode" and then clicked on "Options", and put a check mark where it said "Give write access to ordinary users (umask=0022)". Then I clicked on "Mount" to mount the hard drive, and in the next window that popped up it asked where I wanted it mounted, so I typed "/mnt/USBNTFSHD" but you can name your hard drive anything you want. When I closed everything, I was asked if I want to save the changes to fstab, and I chose "yes". The USB hard drive was then mounted, and the hard drive device line was written in fstab automatically.

The line looked like this:

/dev/sda5 /mnt/USBNTFSHD ntfs unmask=0022 0 0

Just to be on the safe side, I then opened up the icon for the same hard drive in "Devices" again, and right clicked on "properties", and clicked on the "Mounting" tab, and put a check mark where it says "Mount Automatically". This might not be necessary since the other drives did not have the check mark, but I did it anyway. The drive now would automount upon reboot each time. It worked perfectly.

I don't think I left out any steps and I think my memory serves me correctly.


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