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Old 01-17-2002, 08:25 PM   #1
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Question mounting extended vfat filesystems


I started using linux 2 days ago (i love it!), and as such I am still very much a newbie. (I have >8 yrs. experience in the windoze world)

I have two hard disks, the first has 3 fat32 partitions (1 primary, 2 extended) and has Win2k Pro on it. the second has rh linux 7.2 enigma (1 ext2 partition and and a linux swap).

Now, once i've booted into linux, I can mount the first (primary) partition of the vfat hardisk but not the other two. the command line i'm using it:

mount -t vfat /dev/hda2 /mnt/datadir
mount -t vfat /dev/hda3 /mnt/datadir
neither of these commands work. Is there something extra I need to add for extended partitions? Is there a bug regarding this in the 2.4.x kernel (which i have read is very buggy)? Am I doing something else wrong?

Old 01-17-2002, 10:10 PM   #2
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There really isn't any 2.4.x bug that would cause this, and extended vfats act the same as a primary as long as you know the hd# as you seem to have a grasp of. On the command line, type fdisk -l /dev/hda. This will list all partitions, just so to make sure the hd(x)'s you are using are correct. Make sure the datadir you are using is there to mount to. What errors are you getting specifically? You can read the /var/log/messages & syslog files to get some more detailed info also..
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Great, thanks!

It after running fdisk I figured out that the partitions aren't numbered seqentially for some reason. Everything mounts perfectly now. Thanks for the quick reply.

Now to put all of that into my fstab


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