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Old 01-15-2003, 12:48 PM   #1
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Question hard drive issues


hello all... i'm a relative newbie with a few questions.

i've been running redhat 8 for about a month now and am getting most of the basic commands down. for the most part i do all my computing in the terminal because i've always been more of a command-line fan myself... so here are my questions...

over my college break i got a second 40 Gb hard drive so that i could run xp professional on my primary and linux on my slave. this worked out fine but i now that i won't be reformatting and reinstalling my os's again for hopefully a long time i need to add my several gigabites of backed-up files to the computer. this includes about 11 cd's full of mp3s, basically every album that i own i have ripped so that i could run my soundcard through my stereo at school and not have to bother with cd's.

i know that xp pro uses NTFS and that redhat 8 (or maybe all linux's) can not work with that. xp doesn't seem to detect my second hard drive when i try to access it either. is this a simple boot-setup problem like just assigning it a drive letter? ideally i'd like to be able to access my mp3's from either operating system.

the other problem i've encountered which i'm pretty sure from friends is somewhat common but i have found no answer to is my intel onboard sound card... linux can't use it. is there a driver i need to find somewhere or what? obviously having my mp3s on the linux drive is no good if i can't play or hear them.

any help with these two problems would be appreciated.
 
Old 01-15-2003, 01:06 PM   #2
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the easy way out (and probably safer) is to place the mp3 files on your NTFS partition and access them by mounting it readonly through linux. I have heard of tools that will allow Win9x/XP/2k to access some linux filesystems but I've never tried them.

As for the onboard soundcard - drop us a clue.
 
Old 01-15-2003, 02:01 PM   #3
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ok. how do i do this? i've been trying for the last hour to edit my /etc/fstab but i can't seem to get it right.

my setup was simply typing /dev/hda [tab] /xp [tab] exec, ro [tab] 0 2

where some of those tabs were 2 times.

when i run mount -a it says line 9 of /etc/fstab is bad... now i haven't gone and counted the lines yet but i'm thinking that might be the one i just added. any more advice?
 
Old 01-15-2003, 02:15 PM   #4
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Spaces in the options will hurt. Also tell it the filesystem type.

/dev/hda [tab] /xp ntfs[tab] exec,ro [tab] 0 2
 
Old 01-15-2003, 03:13 PM   #5
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alright i got the linux-ntfs rpm and their website got me through it allright. i found it by searching so i guess i should have done that first instead of asking. i am a idiot.
 
Old 01-15-2003, 03:15 PM   #6
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Nope. I am. I never even tought of that part of the problem. :-|
 
Old 01-16-2003, 04:05 AM   #7
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Windows XP doesn't need NTFS to install. It can use either FAT32 or NTFS. I prefer FAT32 partitions for Windows drive unless it is a server I use NTFS. Using NTFS, you can not access it in dos. Also many utilities such as Norton Ghost 2002 can not save the image to another NTFS. NTFS does give some performance gains over FAT32, better sercuity, folder linking features, and few other features. If you are going to make files greater than 4 gigabytes you can use NTFS. This only happens if you are recording sounds a long time and video capturing. Like NTFS, FAT32 can reach up to a few terabytes but you need to add a key in the registry in Windows XP to go that far. Windows XP can not format FAT32 partitions higher than 32 gigabytes but DOS format can handle 32 gigabytes or more.

Linux drives can not be seen within Windows although there are windows programs out there to view linux drives. I haven't found any that work.

You may want to try Mandrake 9. It pokes hardware a little deeper than Redhat 8.
 
Old 01-16-2003, 05:28 AM   #8
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just a little note of interest here....
regarding a tool that actually lets you see a linux filesystem from windows: well i just needed one tool exactly like that as i'd crashed my debian linux by screwing up one of the core libraries (i think it was libc6) and hence it wouldn't even let me login as root to fix it. since i had a lot of files/documents that i hadn't backed up, and the system wouldn't let me login under any circumstances (not any that i tried anyway...), i needed a tool that would let me access the linux partition from windows. and luckily, i found just the one. it doesn't really let you do too many things with the linux partition, but it does let you copy, delete, add and create symlinks (amongst other things) from your windows partition. and it runs beautifully too (from within my windows 2000 pro partition) very very handy. saved my life......
here's the URL for it in case anyone wants to have a look at it.
http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/explore2fs.htm
keep it real hommies.......
 
  


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