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Old 10-15-2002, 01:05 AM   #1
themightybuck
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access to cd drives???


in windows, i could access all my cd and disk drives by goin' into my computer...

i have NO IDEA how to do anything in linux (rh 8.0) this is my first day. what is the equivilent of the windows "my computer?"
 
Old 10-15-2002, 02:54 AM   #2
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Well, that would probably be /

But that's not the way to access your drives, you have to mount them first, and then depending on where you did that is where you'll access the data.

Just to get things rolling, I'll shoot you through this, then you should read some of the links in my sig, and check out the tutorial over at www.linux.org

Ok, so mounting CD's:
Login as root and enter your graphical environment.

Open up a console (probably an icon in the "taskbar" that looks like a small computer screen)
And now insert your CD into your cdrom device.
Now type:
ls -l /mnt (LS -L lowercase)
Do you see a directory called cdrom? If so, don't do the next step, if not:
mkdir /mnt/cdrom
Now we are ready to mount the cd:
mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

Now to access the data, either open up your gui filemanager (probably if you are in KDE it will be konqueror, so you can just go to run and type konqueror)
And make your way to the /mnt directory. / is the upper most directory in the tree so if you can get there, you can go anywhere from there. Follow the links, so go / then see the mnt click it, see the cdrom, click it, now you are in /mnt/cdrom

Ok, I hope this has helped. I went back through and bolded everything that you should type, so you can decipher from my explaination and the text that should be typed.

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Old 10-15-2002, 03:00 AM   #3
themightybuck
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i feel like yer my mentor or something, you've answere to um... ALL of my posts today. thank you so much for your time... i'm back in windows right now, but i was just curious to see if windows would recognize my linux drive. surprise, it doesn't even see it. why can't they just be friends.....
 
Old 10-15-2002, 03:15 AM   #4
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hehehe, there not supposed to be friends.....there is a way to read linux partitions from windows isn't there, but i heard its not recomended..well at least not writing to it from windows...

Garry
 
Old 10-15-2002, 03:26 AM   #5
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Sure there is, explore2fs and a few others as well.

And yes you are correct, reading is okay, but writing is supposedly bad juju.

Works fine the other way around, but that's because it's all open source, and you have 15 million people plugging away at it to make things work for em, where in winbloze, you've got a few hundred (at best) high paid programmers, who could care less if you can read your linux data. They spend time improving winbloze, and don't worry much about anything else. It's 2 different schools of thought, but hey whatever works.

Hey, and no problem themightybuck, I do what I can. I am the one who fits into these categories:

I can write semi-decent, so I could contribute to some documentation, and try to sometimes;
I have some extra $ to donate to some people sometimes;
I am trying to learn some coding to help there as well;
I really like testing betas and giving feed back;

The only thing I don't do very much is the mail list thing. Occasionally, but I figure what time I spend here counts for that instead

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