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Old 12-31-2001, 10:02 AM   #1
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Question Recognizing windows 2000 hard drive files in linux

I have a dual boot environment with
redhat linux on one hard drive (hdb)
windows 2000 professional hard drive on the other.(should be hda)

i'd like to access files on the windows 2000 drive from within linux.

i've tried "mount /dev/hda" without success.
on start up- hda is detected.
"df -h" --> doesn't list hda.

any help appreciated
Old 12-31-2001, 10:35 AM   #2
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Do you:

have ntfs support compiled into your kernel?

have an entry in your /etc/fstab to describe your windoze 2k drive?
Old 12-31-2001, 12:20 PM   #3
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i tried adding
to fstab

/dev/hda /home/win2000 nfts defaults 0 0

created directory "/home/win2000"


"mount -t nfts /dev/hda /home/win2000"

error= "nfts not supported by kernel"

so i guess i have to compile nfts into the kernel then. i'm running redhat 7.2

how do i do this?

(excuse me for adding an additional unrelated question- i just installed a linux server package on a machine. it did not ask me to set up a login and password but then prompts me when i start up the machine. so i can't log-in. is there a default login/password for linux? this is probably a total newbie question)

thanks for the prompt reply.
Old 12-31-2001, 12:37 PM   #4
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You should probably start with the kernel HOWTO ( to get some idea of what you're doing and where things could potentially go wrong.

Once you have acquired and installed the kernel source, the commands that I use are:

make mrproper
make menuconfig
make dep
make clean
make bzImage
make modules
make install
make modules_install

What you do next depends on whether you're using LILO or GRUB.

There is another solution if you just want to be able to share files between Linux and windoze - create a fat32 partition. Both windoze and Linux will happily read/write that fs (vfat under Linux). This might also be a better solution 'cause after you get ntfs support in Linux, you won't be able to write to your windoze box, only read from it.
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if you're still using the standard rh72 kernel 2.4.7, and i assume you are, then you'll want to use the old config from that kernel. and only change the ntfs support. your existing config for that kernel shoud be /boot/config-2.4.7 or something. load that instead of trying to do it from scratch....l this would be in the menuconfig stage.

you could get the newst kernel etc.. but theres no real point.
Old 01-01-2002, 05:54 AM   #6
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not sure, but i noticed that you typed nFTs every single time, so it doesnt look like your making a typo. you do realize it's nTFs(all lowercase ofcourse) dont you?
Old 01-02-2002, 01:23 AM   #7
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eelee, when you mount win 2000, you mount the partition it's on and not the entire drive. Example: mount /dev/hda1 ( if win 2000 is on hda1 ) instead of /dev/hda. The hda mounts the whole drive. You want to mount the partition win 2000 is on.


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