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Old 06-16-2005, 12:29 PM   #1
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Accessing FAT32 files

I understand that Linux can read FAT32 partitions. So, I made one, but the problem is that I don't know how to get Linux to see it. I am used to using Windows still,where there is just another drive sitting there. Suppose I made one and it is hda4. What can I do to now use it?

Old 06-16-2005, 12:37 PM   #2
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If you have already created the parition, formatted it and there is data, then you can use the command:

mount /dev/hda4 {mountpoint} -tvfat

note that you should not use brackets around the mountpoint path, it should read something like /mount/fat_partition . Just touch a file in mount and you should be set to go.
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create a directory called /windows

then add this line to your /etc/fstab file
/dev/hdaX        /windows           vfat        umask=0222       1   0
the "X" is the partition number the windows file is on....

reboot, and you should be able to read and write to it...

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Old 06-16-2005, 12:40 PM   #4
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mkdir /mnt/hda4 # You only need to do this once
mount /dev/hda4 /mnt/hda4
You can have this mounted at boot-time by adding this line to your /etc/fstab file:
/dev/hda4 /mnt/hda4/  vfat  auto,user 0 0
You can then see your FAT32 device under /mnt/hda4.

You can mount the partition somewhere else by changing /mnt/hda4 everywhere in the above if you like.

Alternatively, most distros provide some kind of tool to set this up for you.


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