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Old 10-31-2005, 11:25 PM   #1
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Exclamation Mounting Persmissions

I'll start off why i need help.
I tried to make a custom login screen for Windows XP, but it backfired and now i can't login. I made a backup of a file that i need to replace in order to login. Unfortunately, i am unable to login because of the messed up file i tried to make. So anyways I poped in my goot ol' Ubunto Live CD and looked around on how to mount my windows hard drive. I eventually did it, but was unable to have writing permisson, it was just read-only. So what i am asking is, how can I mount my Windows hard drive so that i am able to read and write to it? I am a huge noob here so a detailed response would be much appreciated
Old 10-31-2005, 11:52 PM   #2
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Is your windows partition formatted as NTFS?
If it is so then you will have trouble in writing to it.
AFAIK, the NTFS driver in linux still doesn't support safe writing to NTFS partition.
Old 10-31-2005, 11:53 PM   #3
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I believe it is, but im willing to try anything now.
Old 11-01-2005, 02:51 AM   #4
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barts pe


you could try barts fantastic tool the pe builder, with this you can make a CD, boot from it and access your windows installation.:

If you have got another pc , and only need to access the drive, maybe its easier to just move the HD to this machine (running windows5.x) and access the drive here.

good luck

Old 11-01-2005, 09:44 AM   #5
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mount read/write

Find out which partition windows resides. The 'mount' command will show a list of whats mounted. You are looking for the device that is mounted under the filesystem path where you found windows.

Unmount that device. Remount with -orw option. Might also look at /etc/fstab to see if the windows location is set to mount read only. fstab can be generated on the fly depending on recognized partition types. Your's might have mounted it read-only for safety (a feature). You also might need to specify the type of mount with -t. It will most likely be vfat or ntfs.

/dev/hda1 on /mnt/windows type ext3 (ro)
'umount /mnt/windows'
mount -orw -tvfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows

Or... you could edit fstab and umount, mount.

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