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Old 03-23-2008, 11:07 PM   #1
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4th NTFS Patition cannot be mounted.

I have a triple boot system, server'03 xp pro and Linux fedora 5. i've created a 4th partition that i would like to be able to access from all four OS's....i see the partion under linux in "computer" but (A) don't have permission to mount it and (b) when i try to mount it from terminal it tells me that NTFS is a unrecognized file system....

this is the script i use: $ mount -t ntfs /dev/hda6 /dev/mnt

is this right???? i really don't know what i'm doing....any feedback would be great....

thanx all....
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In Fedora, open a console and run fdisk -l. What is the output?

It may be that you have too many partitions. You are allow 4 partitions in the master boot record. To have more that 4, one of the 4 must be an extended partition, which can then hold up to 15 logical partitions.

To answer your question, we need to see how your hard drive is partitioned. The output of fdisk -l will show that.
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Fedora Core 5 may either not have the NTFS kernel module enabled at all or might not have it loaded.

Look at "lsmod | grep ntfs". If there is no output try "sudo /sbin/modprobe ntfs". If that fails, your best bet is to search on this site on how to enable ntfs support. You may be able to download a different kernel with ntfs support enabled. Otherwise you may need to install the kernel source and some other packages and then compile a new kernel. If you do that, be sure you start with "make oldconfig" to carry your old .config settings to the new kernel before running "make xconfig".

There is another option. That is to modprobe "fuse" and install the "fuse-ntfs-3g" package. The ntfs-3g driver is a userland ntfs driver that has better ntfs write support. I don't know if the "ntfs" kernel module is needed as a dependency however.
Then in /etc/fstab, use the filetype "ntfs-3g" instead of "ntfs".

example manual mount:
 sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/windows/ -o uid=jschiwal,gid=jschiwal,fmask=117,dmask=007

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