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Old 08-31-2003, 06:15 PM   #1
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viewing windows XP file system through linux

I have windows XP. I want to be able to view the files of windows through my RED hat linux.Can someone please help me.
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Old 08-31-2003, 07:08 PM   #2
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you have to mount the windows partition that has the files you want to view. e.g.:

# mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/windows

you also will need to have NTFS filesystem capability in your kernel if the partition you want to view is NTFS. i think that might be built in in RH9, but if not you will probably have to recompile the kernel (unless it could be added as a module).
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seems like it's bit less scary than recompiling the kernel. Look here:

if you install mandrake, you don't have to worry about any of this
Old 08-31-2003, 07:41 PM   #4
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Assuming your talking NTFS?

Open a terminal in RH9 - type :

Then type your root paswword

mkdir /mnt/windows

(now you've got a mount point) - next

kedit /etc/fstab

(your fstab file will open)

put an entry at the bottom of your /etc/fstab file on a new line - (just substitute in your Partition place of my example one)

/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows ntfs auto,ro,umask=0222 0 0

( Red Hat currently doesn’t include a NTFS driver because of uncertainties surrounding the legal status of the driver)

So - to READ a NTFS partition from Red Hat, you can either:
  • Download and install an RPM – or
  • Compile your kernel

Your best just getting the relevant RPM - Check out this site for an RPM


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