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lionofdharma 04-24-2004 07:02 PM

How to mount (and keep mounted) a NTFS secondary drive?
I just installed fedora on my primary drive. My secondary drive is hooked up, but didn't mount. It is a NTFS drive.

How do I get that mounted? All that I want to do is get it mounted. Copy that data that is on it to the primary and then format for linux (ext3?)?

Thanks for you help,


acid_kewpie 04-25-2004 10:55 AM

as long as you are very aware of the issues about NTFS support in linux, just try:

mount -t ntfs /dev/hdb1 /mnt/ntfs

and IF the modules are present it should mount.

to keep it mounted, after format, you'd nee dan entry in /etc/fstab

/dev/hdb1 /mnt/something ext3 defaults 1 1

lionofdharma 04-25-2004 11:16 AM

I tried the command

mount -t ntfs /dev/hdb1 /mnt/ntfs

and got this

mount: mount point /mnt/ntfs does not exist

How do I know the second HD is hdb1?

Thanks for your help,


pave_spectre 04-25-2004 11:20 AM


mount: mount point /mnt/ntfs does not exist
You need to create the directory ntfs in the mnt directory or mount to a directory that already exists.

The second hard drive on the first ide slot in linux is hdb and hdb1 is the first partition on the second drive.

lionofdharma 04-25-2004 11:39 AM

How do I make the directory?

pave_spectre 04-25-2004 11:46 AM


lionofdharma 04-25-2004 11:48 AM

I figured out how to create the nfts directory, but then realized that my installation of fedora doesn' t have the ntfs support loaded.

I think I am either going to try to figure out how to get fedora to support (just to copy the files over to the primary drive) or just use a Live Cd to copy them over. I think there are some live cds that support ntfs.



lionofdharma 04-25-2004 02:17 PM

Ok - I was able to install support for ntfs (based on the recs of another thread).

Now when I try to mount the drive, I get

mount: /dev/hdb1 is not a valid block device

Does this mean that my second HD is not hdb1?


acid_kewpie 04-25-2004 03:05 PM

well that doesn't quite make sense. hdb would be the second drive (always) but the 1 is the contents... try "fdisk -l" and that will normally list all partitions on all detected ide devices.

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