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Old 03-02-2004, 08:01 PM   #1
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Dual boot share drive WinXP / RH 9.0

Everything is working fine. I have a dual boot WinXP .. RN 9.0
running perfectly, and the install was no problem. I have yet
to edit anything as root. All drives are permenantly mounted.
All printing is working .. including SMB printing to HP4250 PSA
shares. All hardware is properly detected. Next question:
I set up under WinXP a D-drive fat32 to use as a share between
the two OSes. I read somewhere that ntfs would not work.
How do I mount this drive under Linux 9.0 ? The drive does not
show up in the desktop drive listing. I assume the partition is
hidden, but which OS did it?

Also, if you want to get away from hacking Red Hat, let me
know. I'm doing it right, and this install is becoming efficient
and totally point and click with no kludges in the config files.

Old 03-02-2004, 09:38 PM   #2
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NTFS will work, but only read-only is safe.
FAT32 works fine.
To mount, use this command as root:
mount -t [filesystem type] /dev/[the_device] /path/to/the/folder/you/want/it/at
The fs-type for FAT32 is called vfat, for NTFS it is called ntfs.
Run 'fdisk -l' to find out what the partitions' devices are.
You will have to add a line to the /etc/fstab file to let users do it (search).
Old 03-02-2004, 11:20 PM   #3
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how do you make it so that you can copy folders and files in NTFS
Old 03-03-2004, 12:26 PM   #4
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I don't want to do something like that. I think a majority of the problems
I read on this group are coming from going in as root and running
command line processes. I am sure the D-drive is hidden from Linux
.. probably by WinXP .. so if I can get it unhidden, then I can mount
it permanently in Linux using point and click. Possibly, there is a security
setting in Linux that has this drive hidden, and a simple change there
will allow me to create a hard drive icon on the KDE desktop. My goal
is to use Linux totally point and click .. and user friendly .. or I have
no use for this OS at all. I'm managing over 1000 computers, and
I don't have time for that sort of thing.
Old 03-03-2004, 01:19 PM   #5
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'fdisk -l' should show if the partition is hidden. If it is hidden, Windows won't see it either.
Linux cannot access partitions until they are mounted to a folder. First check if Red Hat automatically mounted for you:


This lists all mounted devices. Look for the devices you saw from 'fdisk -l'. If the partition is already mounted, go to the directory that was also displayed when you ran 'mount'. If Red Hat did not mount it automatically, you will have to do it yourself with the command I posted earlier. To let regular users access the drive, you will have to add a line to the fstab file (search for 'fstab vfat umask=0').
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if you dont have time for the command line, then linux is prob not for you.


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