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Old 06-27-2002, 04:21 AM   #1
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Question GUI mount tool + mounting =(

sorry for adding to the ton of mount topics here at linux Qs but ive got to ask the following question or i will not sleep tonight.

ive been loooking over all the posts i could find relating to mounting a FAT32 partition... i can not get it to work (im no good with command line/shell "manuvers"). so im wondering if there is a GUI tool that i could run & select + mount/work with partitions?

im running redhat 7.3

the dotted line marks trouble im having like all the other posts about mounting... beware.

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setup is like this
2 HDs on pri IDE channel.
hda has all NTFS stuff for Win2k(pri hd & booter).
hdb has linux & a huge (47gig) FAT32 parttion for storing & such.
i do not currently use a bootloader(i boot linux off of a floppy) cuz i still cant lose any data from Win2k & ive had bad luck with MBRs + bootloaders.

(what i have been messing with in the shell:
im logged in as root, ive created a folder-> /mnt/fat32 & ive been using this command:

[root@localhost root]# mount /mnt/hdb7 /fat32
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
[root@localhost root]#

i have tried adding other things into the command that i have found here in the forum like -t & vfat in the right place as i can tell from the posts... when i add those into the command it comes up with a list of mount commands & such that i also tried with no luck)

other sites ive read over for info: &
Old 06-27-2002, 09:14 AM   #2
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ok, here is a littlest help,
mount -tvfat /dev/hdb7 /fat32
next thing to do is
add the entry for /dev/hdb7 and its mount point to /etc/fstab file

/dev/hdb7 /fat32 vfat auto, user, rw 0 0

It should be mounted on boot up, so then it depends on what window manager/ desktop env you are using you can create an icon to browse, mount and unmount the device. In KDE if you right-click on desktop and go to the new you will see there create new device or smthng like this ( sorry I am no fan of KDE and GNOME and currently don't have them installed on my system) - fill in the blanks and you are OK; in GNOME there is similar setup exists (right-click on the desktop - new device - fill in the blanks - try it - done)
Good luck
NOTE: the directory /fat32 must exist - it can be anything you want /mnt/fat, /mnt/win, etc.
/dev/hdb7 - must be your FAT32 partition.

Last edited by neo77777; 06-27-2002 at 09:23 AM.
Old 06-27-2002, 11:55 PM   #3
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Try running this command:

mount -t vfat /dev/hdb7 /mnt/fat32

Add this line to your /etc/fstab file:

/dev/hdb7 /mnt/fat32 vfat auto,user,rw 0 0

If you can't access the partition as a user, add umask=000 to the line in the fstab file. Like this:

/dev/hdb7 /mnt/fat32 vfat auto,user,rw,umask=000 0 0

After you add the line to your fstab file, you can just type in
mount /mnt/fat32 instead of the command
mount -t vfat /dev/hdb7 /mnt/fat32.

Last edited by linuxcool; 06-27-2002 at 11:59 PM.
Old 06-28-2002, 03:36 AM   #4
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thanks for the info/help =)
Old 06-28-2002, 05:48 AM   #5
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You're welcome.


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