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Old 05-17-2005, 10:05 PM   #1
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windows xp and linux files on external drive


I am very new to Linux and working with it the best I can. I am working on getting my External hard drive to with Mandrake Linux 10.0. The drive is in NTFS format. The problem I am having Linux sees the drive and can open it. But it shows no files. I open the drive in windows and all the files are there. The drive in windows show up as e: and in Linux /mnt/external. Is there any way to correct this problem. So I can see the windows file on Linux in the external drive?


Compaq Presairo R3360

512mg ram
80gig drive
cd/dvd-rw drive
Windows XP Home

External drive
USB 2.0
Old 05-17-2005, 10:51 PM   #2
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You will have to mount the external hard drive with a different umask value.

mount -o umask=000 /dev/device /mnt/external
The above should work, but you might want to play around with the umask value a bit to suit your preference.

Let me know how you go.

Old 05-18-2005, 12:01 PM   #3
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Still no go.

Hello Kristijan,

Thanks for your post. I tried what you said. I logged into root account. Then typed the command and it came with permission denied. I do not understand why? Also I looked at the partition info. The partition shows up as mnt/external and not a NTFS drive? Any idea on how to change that?

Thanks again

Old 05-18-2005, 01:55 PM   #4
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I looked under the hardware settings. It says something about no modules? I don't understand? It sees the drive and can open. Just can't see the NTFS partition (files) Only partition it sees is the mnt/external.

But I know the partition is there because windows sees it.

Thanks again


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