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Old 10-17-2005, 02:51 PM   #1
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Getting files off a partition??

Okay well im running linux on a 20 gig partition on my hard drive with windows on it.. i have all this music on that partition and i was just wondering if i can get the files off my windows partition and play them on my linux partition.. just like takeing music off another hard drive to play on your main one

Old 10-17-2005, 03:07 PM   #2
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You can just mount the partition and play them directly from there. If you don't have one already, make a mountpoint for it, like /mnt/Windows, then

mount -t vfat /dev/hdb1 /mnt/Windows -o gid=100, umask=002

If windows is not on hdb1 substitute the correct partition. And gid=100,umask=002 make it rw for the users group. If Windows is on a ntfs partition then rw won't matter because you won't be able to write to it anyway.
Old 10-17-2005, 03:17 PM   #3
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If that partition is of type NTFS, you can mount it read-only. That should be good enough for you if you are willing to simply play the music off the Windows partition.. If that's the case, then do, as root:

mkdir -p /mnt/win_c
mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222

That means that your first partition of your first HD (hda1, most likely windows C:\... just a guess ) will be mounted read-only at the directory you've created at /mnt/win_c.

If that's what you were looking for and you would like to "auto-mount" upon boot, then you need to add the following line to your /etc/fstab:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c ntfs nls=utf8,umask=0222 0 0

Now, if that partition is of type FAT32, then it you should also be able to write to that partition. If you wish to mount it to allow read and write, do this, again, as root:

mkdir -p /mnt/win_c
mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c -t vfat -o iocharset=utf8,umask=000

If you want it to be mounted when booting, add this line to your /etc/fstab:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c vfat iocharset=utf8,umask=000 0 0

I personally like to create at least 4 partitions in my HD when I dual boot: Windows. Linux, swap and share. I make both Linux and Windows big enough to fit the OS and the basic programs I've to install. The "share" partition is of FAT32 type and I use it to exchange data between the OS. Well, that's how I did before I put an old box as a file-server only.

Good luck!

Last edited by Mega Man X; 10-17-2005 at 03:21 PM.
Old 10-17-2005, 03:20 PM   #4
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I'd recommend creating a separate FAT 32 partition to store data that is not OS dependant. Linux and windows can both easily read and write to FAT32, making it perfect for music/movie files.
Old 10-17-2005, 03:34 PM   #5
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thanks guys, while i was waiting for replys i was tinkering and found them.. i noticed that i could access windows files from the mnt folder in computer... but if you guys could please go to my other topic im trying to install vid card drivers and it says it cant read my kernal or something and it trys to download one but it doesnt work


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