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Old 09-28-2004, 12:53 AM   #1
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Sharing fat32 with Linux and Windows

I'm running an HD install of Knoppix 3.6. I want to share a fat32 partition between Windows and Linux so that both can read and write to it. After creating such a partition in Linux only to have Windows view it as a healthy but unknown fat32 partition (that it wouldn't assign a drive letter to), I deleted the partition and remade it in Windows.

This seemed to work, as both Windows and Linux "saw" the partition (my fstab is regenerated at each startup). However, once I wrote to the partition in Linux, Windows viewed it again as a healthy but unknown fat32 partition that it won't assign a drive to.

My fstab line generated for the fat32 partition is
/dev/hda4 /mnt/hda4 vfat auto,users,exec,umask=000 0 0
Any help regarding this issue would be appreciated.

PS: Yes, I'm a newbie to Linux (perhaps I've had it for a week or two).
Old 09-28-2004, 05:08 AM   #2
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 /dev/hda4 /mnt/hda4 vfat auto,owner,users,exec,rw 0 0
you might need to edit /etc/fstab upon each reboot like this............
remake the partiton in windows and try the above line...........
Old 09-28-2004, 09:05 AM   #3
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I think the fat32 partition you want to share must be created and formated with windows.
Then reboot to Linux ( as root ) then create a directory ( /mnt/windows ) where the windows partition will be mounted and mount your windows partition with:
mount -t vfat /dev/hdax /mnt/windows.
At least that's the way it worked for me.
I don't like to have my windows partition autamatically mounted that's why I don't include it in /etc/fstab.
Old 09-28-2004, 06:57 PM   #4
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I'm fairly certain that I determined it's not a Linux problem. After deleting and recreating the partition in Windows with a drive, I decided to do some error checking. I tried restarting from Windows, back into Windows (using Lilo). However, the drive still became healthy but unknown.

Unless somehow Lilo changes the partition type from c to 1c on startup (Lilo does seem to think the partition is a bootable Windows, but I never boot into it), I suppose that Windows can be the only thing at fault.

Therefore, I guess I'm in the wrong forum. Thanks anyway.


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