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Old 02-18-2005, 07:27 PM   #1
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1st time with linux, recognizing a windows hdd and root priviledges

Hey, I'm just installed mandrake 10.1 the other day and am slowly working my way into linux. However... some basic things are preventing me from diving deeper into linux.

First off, when I had done a few trial runs with knoppix, i was easily able to browse my windows ntfs hdd simply by clicking on icon on the desktop. Yet now I can't get to these files for the life of me. My windows partition is on a RAID0 setup while the files I want to retrieve and mandrake are both on a 160 GB IDE HDD.

My Partitions on the 160GB IDE are:

10GB for mandrake + etc. linux (ext3) hdc1
a small partition for linux swap file
130 GB for Windows storage and files. (ntfs) hdc6

mandrake is at the root directory ("/" i assume) yet im not so sure about the windows hdd. In knoppix, I would access it simply by going into dev/hdc1 back when the whole partition was formatted for windows.

Now, I have tried many places and styles but I can't get see any files on the ntfs partition. I searched all throughout /dev into places like /ide and what not but everytime i encouter a the file i want (hdc6) It's a "block permission" file i think is what its called. anywho, i can't open block permission files that I have access too (it asks for me to select a program) and I can't even open the one i want (hdc6) because It says i need root priviledges. I know how to get root in a command line yet I don't know how to do it in the KDE GUI and I have looked in through the users and whatnot but to no avail. I also get the feeling I may be looking in the wrong place. I tried using Gparted or whatever to mount the windows partition to /mnt/windows but I still don't see any files....

any ideas?

sorry im such a n00b, linux is still jsut so foreign to me. Thanks to anyone who read that and offers help!
Old 02-18-2005, 07:34 PM   #2
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Well, you need specific drivers to see NTFS systems with Linux, so Id say google for them and get that over with. They will usually have instructions attached explaining how to get Linux to figure out your HDD and all its partitions are there.

Have you tried mounting it through a terminal?
Old 02-18-2005, 07:41 PM   #3
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alright i'll google that soon and let you know.

As for the terminal mount, I have done it on a knoppix system in order to enable write access to a ntfs hdd with cative NTFS. The mount worked but i never tested to see if I could actually write :P. What purpose would mounting through a terminal have?
Old 02-18-2005, 09:25 PM   #4
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I was pretty sure that Mandrake has NTFS drivers built in. When I tried it, it worked flawlessly, so I think Mandrake might be having a problem detecting the RAID you have setup possibly. Unfortunately, I have no experience with RAID's so I can't help ya. X_X
Old 02-18-2005, 09:30 PM   #5
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I haven't use Mandrake for awhile. In Xandros, I can see
my window files in /disks/C. You probably have a similiar
directory in Mandrake.

Suggestion: use kfind and take a quick search for one
of your window files (that you know the name of).

Old 02-18-2005, 09:52 PM   #6
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as for the RAID it doesn't matter cause the files I want are not on there and no linux installation pieces are there. I jsut stuck it in there so you could get an idea of my system.

One of the first things i tried was kfind but it froze up on me.... not a fun.

i found this site:

seems to be good to me.... how exactly would i go about installing these if I burned them to a cd?

thanks again I really appreciate all the quick responses.

EDIT: It would seem highly logical that Mandrake put NTFS drivers in there latest release.... maybe im just somehow retarded....

Also, theres always an easy possiblility for me to wipe this drive. how would you recommend I go about formatting it in what order with what programs if I did this.....?

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