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Old 08-15-2008, 01:50 AM   #1
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Question Mounting windows NTFS paritions in Fedora core 6

Hello all,

i am a new linux user. i use mandriva & it works well.
but, recently i get a copy of Fedora core 6 from my friend. i install it as well in another computer of mine.

the problem is- fedora not mount windows NTFS partitions automatically. so, i can't see my NTFS partitions in fedora core 6 (under /mnt)

how can i mount & use NTFS partitions in fedora core 6?
is there any easy way for me?

plz. give me details.

thnx in advance.
Old 08-15-2008, 03:16 AM   #2
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First decide if you want to just read or if you want to read and write to this partition.

If you want to read, then check if the "ntfs" kernel module is loaded:
lsmod | grep ntfs

If not then modprobe the module. This assumes that your kernel was compiled with ntfs support:
sudo /sbin/modprobe ntfs

Now you are ready to mount the ntfs partition. I'll assume that the mount point is /mnt/windows. You need to create the directory to mount the partition on first:
sudo mkdir /mnt/windows
sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/<device> /mnt/windows -o ro,uid=<your-user-name>,utf8

You didn't indicate which device contains the ntfs file-system. You can list partitions on your system with:
sudo /sbin/fdisk -l

If you want read/write access, then you will need to install the ntfs-3g package. You will also need to modprobe the "fuse" module first:
sudo /sbin/modprobe fuse
sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/<device> /mnt/windows -o ro,uid=<your-user-name>,utf8

There may be other options you want to use. Check the mount manpage for other options.

Another way is to use "sudo ntfs-3g <device> <mountpoint> -o options"

If this is a removable drive, you could try:
sudo modprobe ntfs
halmount <device>

For a partition on your fixed hard drive, you could add an entry in /etc/fstab so that it will mount when you boot up.
You may need to look in /etc/ for a file that lists modules to load when you boot, so that the ntfs module is loaded before booting. I use SuSE so I can't tell you which file this would be, sorry. You might want to add the "noauto" option to its fstab entry. Try to mount it like "sudo mount /mnt/windows" and if that works right after booting, you can remove the noauto option. It skips that entry during bootup, so this can prevent being dropped into the rescue shell when booting up.

Good Luck!

Last edited by jschiwal; 08-15-2008 at 03:20 AM.
Old 08-16-2008, 10:47 PM   #3
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Please forgive me for cutting and pasting a reply from another post. Conservation of energy.


First you will need to download fuse ( and ntfs-3g (

Extract fuse, cd into the directory and issue ./configure && make && make install. Once that is done do the same for ntfs-3g.

Once you have fuse and ntfs-3g properly installed, you can then mount the Windows partition. Normally, I issue the following commands. If your disks are listed as /dev/hda, then change as appropriate. Likewise, make sure you use the proper partition number.
mkdir /mnt/windows
mount t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows
cd /mnt/windows
To make the mount automatic, modify your /etc/fstab
# Mount Windows NTFS partition
/dev/sda1 /mnt/windows ntfs-3g defaults 0 0


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