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Old 09-08-2003, 08:34 PM   #1
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Question Windows xp and Mandrake 9.1

I am new to this forum and to linux. I first want to add that I love linux and this is coming from a windows mcsa. I have grown to hate windows but there are some things I need it for. heres my situation:

I am dual booting XP and mandrake. I have a question maybe someone can answer -

I started up mandrake and it mounted all of my windows partitions, why are they read only? When Itry to give write permissions to the mounted drives it says that it is read only media, any answers? advice?

in advance!!!
Old 09-08-2003, 08:38 PM   #2
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If your XP partitions are NTFS then you'd typically only use read-only options as Linux can't write to NTFS succesfully.

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Old 09-08-2003, 08:40 PM   #3
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you'll have to give your normal users access by editing the ::
/etc/fstab file....
you'll have to add umask=000 or uid=xxx where xxx is the user id of a specific user, to the options in your fstab...for example...
/dev/hda1	/mnt/win	  vfat    user,rw,noexec,umask=000   0   0
/dev/hda1	/mnt/win    vfat    user,rw,noexec,uid=500   0  0
where 500 will be the specific user id for a user...

i see your using winxp, so if you have set it up with a NTFS partition, then you will have to leave it as read-only unless you want to risk data corruption....IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED that you not enable write access

so unless you are using a FAT fs on your drive, do not enable this..

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Old 09-09-2003, 08:35 AM   #4
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I did not realize that linux couldn't write to NTFS. Thank you all for your replies!!!!!

I appreciate it very much!
Old 09-09-2003, 11:16 AM   #5
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how is linux at writing to fat32??


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