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Old 08-13-2004, 02:01 PM   #1
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Transfering file between WinXP and FC2

I recently reinstalled WinXP to be able to get on the internet because after buying a PCTel modem it still wouldn't detect it and the setup program was for kernel 2.4 not 2.6 so anyways I have to download all the stuff I want for linux via WinXP this is fine but I hate having to write and read files from a CD-RW every time I download something new. Is there anyway to easily transfer files from Ext3 and vfat? I've tried searching and I found a few things on samba but all the tutorials were on how to share files through a network not on one PC. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
Old 08-13-2004, 02:15 PM   #2
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If your windows XP is running on an NTFS partition, you might have a serious problem: this is not (yet) totally supported by Linux. Some distributions allow you to read, and not write, some to rw, and some don't support it at all.

Take a look at /mnt/windows..... if this doesn't exist, try mounting it (I don't know how to do that using a graphical tool in Fed.... ).

If this still doesn't work; convert your windows filesystem to FAT32
Old 08-14-2004, 12:07 PM   #3
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It is still in FAT32 because I knew FC2 doesn't support it (well). When I go to mount devices its not there. Perhaps there is some startup code I could use like the way it initialized the Root: root (hd0,3). I'll try some stuff and reply the results
Old 08-14-2004, 12:25 PM   #4
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i am not clear on 'when i go to mount devices its not there', are you meaning that when you view the contents of /mnt/ the windowsXP dirs/files are not present ?

you could place an entry in /etc/fstab to have it mount on boot
or from cli you can just use "mount"

mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
(substituting hda1 for whatever disk/partition windowsXP fat is on and /mnt/windows for wherever you want it mounted)

then you should be able to see the contents of the xp partition
hope this helps...
Old 08-14-2004, 02:40 PM   #5
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Ok but how do I find out which partition WinXP is on and do I place an entry in /etc/fstab to it? I really should buy a book on how to use Linux, its good but not exactly for noobs

BTW: I couldn't figure out how to mount it changing the startup commands
Old 08-14-2004, 05:39 PM   #6
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#fdisk /dev/hda

hda --pri. master
hdb --pri slave
hdc sec master
hdd sec slave

the the one from above as per ur setting
st the fdisk prompt
use ' p'
to print ur partiton table
post that output here

most probably if u installed winXP on C drive then winxp is hda1
then to mount it in a diectory say /mnt/win_c
make a dir. win_c in /mnt
#mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c

Old 08-15-2004, 02:24 PM   #7
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ok I reinserted my FC2 install cd and found all my partition info and the tryed the following:
mkdir /mnt/windows
mount -t  vfat /dev/hdc3 /mnt/windows
then I made some symbolic links like:
cp -s "/mnt/windows/Documents and Settinga/Devon Warren/My Documents/My Music" /music
cp -s "/mnt/windows/Documents and Settings/Devon Warren/My Documents/My Pictures" /pics
I then edited /etc/fstab to mount windows at startup. Thanks for your help!


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