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Old 07-31-2007, 03:12 AM   #1
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I am a new member here. Just trying to shift from windows to linux. Windows keeps giving some or the other new problem everyday. I have downloaded open suse, ubuntu and have made a a bootable knoppix cd. Now I wanted to know, while using knoppix, it gave me access to all the files on my hard drive but did not let me save any changes to them. Is this normal or am I going wrong somewhere?

Old 07-31-2007, 03:55 AM   #2
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I have a Knoppix CD, but rarely ever put it in the drive, I also have a Helix Live CD which is a customized forensics version of Knoppix. It is set by default to only mount the host computer's drives in read only mode. When I first boot into the Knoppix environment, none of the drives will be mounted, but there are icons on the desktop representing them. If the drive is an ATA drive, the name of the first partition icon will be "/media/hda1". If this partition is an NTFS file system, and I want to mount it in read/write mode, I open a root terminal and issue this command:
#ntfs-3g /dev/hda1 /media/hda1 -o rw
Then I wait till it shows that it's mounted before doing anything. If it is mounted, you have to first un-mount it with this command before mounting it in read/write mode:
umount /media/hda1
Changes to files in this partition may not be saved when you shut down the computer unless you un-mount it properly before a power down with this command for an NTFS file system:
#fusermount -u /media/hda1
If the drive is a Fat32 formatted partition, I mount it like this:
#mount -o rw -t vfat /dev/hda1 /media/hda1
To un-mount it prior to mounting it in read/write or to save all changes before power down I issue this command:
#umount /dev/hda1

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Old 07-31-2007, 06:55 AM   #3
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The last time I used knoppix, you could change a drive to writeable by R-clicking the icon on the desktop and choosing appropriately from the menu that appears. Much faster than dropping to the command line, although that is guaranteed to work!
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Thanks a lot. Sounds like it will definitely work. Will surely try it.


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