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Old 08-13-2002, 12:59 PM   #1
Martin Clifford
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Mounting WinXP Partition?

Hi everyone!

As I'm posting in this forum, I'm not only new to Linux, but also new to I must say that what I've read through, searching these forums, has cleared up quite a bit, but I'm still foggy on this point...

I am running a dual-boot box with WinXP/RH 7.3, and it works fine (much to my surprise, after installing it!). I have searched through numerous threads on this board concerning mounting Windows drives, but I just don't seem to understand the method of doing it.

I've seen things along the lines of:

mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c NTFS

I guess what I need is a guide on the MOUNT command... the one in the man pages didn't seem to help, since it wasn't exactly an explanation, more of a programmer-esque reference.

So... here's some questions:

1. How do I find out which partition it is that I need to mount? I have four: WinXP NTFS, One for Data which is FAT32, Linux, and Linux swap. I want the Data FAT32 partition to be accessable by Linux, and mounted.

Would that be mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/win_data FAT32 or something similar?

2. What are the options that can be used with the command?

3. Does anyone know the exact syntax I would use to mount the drive I specified in #1? )

I know this was long-winded, but I'm a mind that HAS to know how things work, not just that they work. Thanks in advance to any replies!
Old 08-13-2002, 01:29 PM   #2
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command is :
mount -t vfat /dev/hda2 /mnt/win_data

read manpage of mount for options.....

That's for fat partition...for ntfs try using ntfs
in place of vfat....if it gives error then you need
to get a patch or upgrade of kernel.....though in
RH 7.3 prob it will not give error....

Last edited by A-dummy; 08-13-2002 at 01:35 PM.
Old 08-13-2002, 11:22 PM   #3
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Whats up Martin, If you using rh 7.3, you are going to either recompile the kernel to support NTFS, or create a module to suppor NTFS, since I am a newb as well, from these great people I have posted on this subject many times, lmao before realizing the great search funtion. Off the bat, rh turns off NTFS support. I will supply you some post regarding this matter: BTW in these post I am signed on as blackdogg my original forum name, laff.

I actually compiled a module to support NTFS by getting info from here:

Other topics of interested that is related to this one particular issue, right here on LQ.! Have fun enjoy!

Now I wish I can recompile the kernel instead of module support, but I'm way off my league, until I can find some good how to's.
Old 08-14-2002, 01:16 AM   #4
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I bet you can recompile, it's easier than you would think. Give it a little time, but you will probably have 2.4.19 up in no time.
Old 08-14-2002, 01:27 AM   #5
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I will do this next masterc. Is there any difference from module or recompile? Like stability or same crap?


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