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Old 09-25-2006, 11:54 AM   #1
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mounting a drive

i have reciently installed linux and before insatlling created a 5 gig partion to use as swap files between xp and linux,this is a fat32 partion ,i can see the partion in my computer but dont have acess to mount it ,i have read sereval posts and tryed all but none seem to work ,pls help
Old 09-25-2006, 12:44 PM   #2
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What version of Linux are you using?
Can you paste the contents of your /etc/fstab? (see here
Old 09-25-2006, 12:45 PM   #3
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I should say man mount

btw. something like mount -t vfat /dev/<drive and partition number> /<mount location>
Old 09-25-2006, 12:49 PM   #4
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This is easy to set up but I need certain info before I can explain it to you. Post the contents of your current /etc/fstab file. That's the one you will have to edit to mount your FAT32 partition. Also, open a console and run:

$ su
<enter root password>
# fdisk -l

Post the output from fdisk -l here as well. That gives your partition structure and will tell me where your FAT32 partition is in linux terms. Finally, also post which distro you are using. Note, if you are running ubuntu, run:

$ sudo fdisk -l

instead of the above.
Old 09-25-2006, 05:09 PM   #5
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Also trying to mount a drive

My question is similar but different. Of course ...

In my case, I'm trying to understand the syntax of mounting a terrabyte "Yellow Machine" P400T drive that is presently on our network but not yet mounted and/or able to accept files. I can "see" it by pointing a browser to IPADDRESS:10000 at which point the Yellow Machine software kicks in and lets me administer it. Somewhat.

Guessing in advance that you need to see my fstab, it is:


/dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/hda6 /home ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto umask=0,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec,users 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0


And my fdisk -l results in:

Disk /dev/hda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 764 6136798+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 765 30401 238059202+ 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 765 904 1124518+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hda6 905 30401 236934621 83 Linux

I feel certain there's more you need to know but, heck, I don't even know what that is. I'm sure you'll tell me!

Many thanks,



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