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Ace_Azzameen 03-16-2004 01:54 PM

How to partition a (new) 2nd hdr so that it can be r/w by both Linux and Windows?
Hello everyone!
I am using SuSE Linux 9.0 in hda3 and Windows XP in hda1. I recently got a Maxtor 32049H2 20 Gb hard drive (got it from a friend who's upgraded his box) and I would like to know how to partition this drive and format it to use Fat32, so that it can be readable/writable by both Linux and Windows.
I used YaST expert partitioner, but can't get quite right.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Komakino 03-16-2004 01:56 PM

Partition it with windows fdisk then format it from windows.

Tinkster 03-16-2004 01:59 PM

Make ONE primary partition, set the type to C
(assuming you're using fdisk) and write the
partition table.

Then use mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/<newhd>

When finished add it to /etc/fstab
</new/mountpoint> </dev/<newhd>> -t msdos rw,auto,umask=000 0 0


Ace_Azzameen 03-16-2004 03:26 PM

Thanks for the help guys! I now have one primary partition hdb1 in FAT32.
HOWEVER, I now have a new problem :( : I can read it, but not write in it (as a user).
The group permission is set to 'root' (unlike the windows directory-set to 'users'.
I've tried (as root) to change that using chgrg, but it says 'You don't have permission' (!).
How can I fix this? Thanks for any help!

aaa 03-16-2004 04:23 PM

The 'umask=0' Tink posted should eliminate that. Don't put a '-t' in your fstab. The fs must be remounted to apply changes.

Ace_Azzameen 03-17-2004 02:30 PM

/dev/hda3 / reiserfs defaults 1 1
/dev/hda1 /windows/C ntfs ro,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=iso8859-1 0 0
/dev/hda2 swap swap pri=42 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
usbdevfs /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs noauto 0 0
/dev/cdrecorder /media/cdrecorder auto ro,noauto,user,exec 0 0
/dev/cdrom /media/cdrom auto ro,noauto,user,exec 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto noauto,user,sync 0 0
/dev/sda1 /media/sda1 auto sync,noauto,user,exec 0 0 #HOTPLUG B3Fu.SFaHrVGraQF

/dev/hdb1 /windows/D vfat defaults 0 0

This is what my fstab looks like. What exact changes are needed to (theoretically) solve my problem? Thank you in advance for any helpful reply!

sirpimpsalot 03-17-2004 03:04 PM

add umask=000 (look at line 2 of the output for an example) after VFAT in the last line so it looks like this

/dev/hdb1 /windows/D vfat defaults,umask=0 0 0

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