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Old 10-26-2005, 09:59 AM   #1
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How to see windows XP files from fedora core 4 and vice versa


I noticed that this question was asked previously and has been answered, but unfortunately it doesn't help me. I am using 2.6.11-1.1369_FC4 and Windows Xp on the same laptop.

I tried these commands:

1. fdisk -l ( small L)
2. mkdir /mnt/windows
3. mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/windows -t ntfs -r
4.yum install kernel-module-ntfs-$(uname -r)

Result after each command::

1. Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 7 56196 de Dell Utility
/dev/hda2 * 8 3311 26539380 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda3 3312 3324 104422+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 3325 4864 12370050 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 3325 4864 12370018+ 8e Linux LVM

3. mount: unknown filesystem type 'ntfs'
4.Added some packages and then,....nothing to do...

Can anyone help me plz?
Old 10-26-2005, 01:05 PM   #2
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Have you checked to make sure Fedora wasn't already mounting your windows disks for you by default?
That's how it works for me... you can find them under


and so forth. I didn't have to do anything to make this happen.
Old 10-28-2005, 05:41 AM   #3
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thanks for ur reply but Linux is not mounting my windows disks by default.
Old 10-28-2005, 07:26 AM   #4
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Hmm... Fedora, never had any success reading NTFS (Or FAT32) with that. I'f you really like RPMs, use SUSE 10.

You can't read Linux from within Windows. If you set up your hard disk so that you have a NTFS partition for XP, Reiser partition (and Swap) for FC/SUSE and use a FAT32 partition for documents/pictures/music etc. then both Window$ and Linux can access all of your documents.
Old 10-28-2005, 09:08 AM   #5
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There is a little tool for accessing ext2/ext3 files from windows:

Bill Gates is not aware that something else that fat or ntfs exist..

Last edited by nx5000; 10-28-2005 at 09:31 AM.
Old 10-28-2005, 10:08 AM   #6
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just download & install the relevant rpm from the following site

hope this helps
Old 11-03-2005, 04:18 AM   #7
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thank u all ,specially arunswarup, I may see windows files from Linux...

Have a nice day !


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