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Old 06-28-2009, 04:35 PM   #1
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View NTFS Partitions in Knoppix

Im pretty new to linux and im trying to access my windows NTFS partitions to recover files

I have knoppix installed on /dev/sda1
And ive searched through lots of different websites on how to mount my NTFS partitions but i dont think knoppix is recognising there is even a hard drive. If i run gparted the only device im able to see is my flash drive which knoppix is running off

if i try the

Mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/ntfs

method I get the messages

Failed to access '/dev/hda1': no such file or directory
Error opening partition device: no such file or directory
Failed to startup volume: No such file or directory
Failed to mount '/dev/hda1': No such file or directory

Could somebody give me advice on how to access my ntfs partitions

Thanks, Carl.
Old 06-28-2009, 04:57 PM   #2
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Well, first you should know where this partition hides.
Failed to mount '/dev/hda1': No such file or directory tells us it's definitely somewhere else.
Old 06-28-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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first you need to know where is your ntfs partition.
fdisk -l
will help you. then you will know; is it /dev/hd1 /dev/hda2 or /dev/hdb7 etc.
about ntfs under linux:
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Thanks for the replies

The only device that appears when use the fdisk -l command is /dev/sda1 which is the flash pen knoppix is running from
Old 06-28-2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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There should be no problem mounting NTFS partitions
with Knoppix, but from your messages, I should say
that the problem seems to be that the disk is not
being recognized.

Are you using a recent version of Knoppix (6.0.1 ?)
that could make a difference about the hardware support.

Have you tried manually to list the partitions on all disks ?
/sbin/fdisk -l /dev/hda (hdb, hdc, hdd, sda, sdb, sdc etc.)
this will tell you what disk are recognized.

Or may be, see if at startup what disks are recognized:

# dmesg | grep ATA

Best regars,


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