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Old 08-30-2004, 07:42 AM   #1
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xp 2 linux data transfer when kernal does not support ntfs

I am running linux rh 5.1 on a hd linked to my secondary ide, and have xp running on a seperate hd on my primary ide, because i have installed an old version of linux not alot of my hardware is supported not even my on board graphics s3 pro savage Km133(tm). i need to update my kernal
and i need to load my graphic drivers also modem drivers and additional hardware drivers I have sourced all the applicable drivers updates etc required and have them on my xp hd however the kernal on my linux hd will not support mounting a ntfs hd. i have been unable to read a floppy disk i had copied drivers to. When i run ls command at /mnt/floppy it shows no files The problem I would very much appreciate some assistance is simply this how to get these drivers from hd 1 (xp) to hd 2 (linux) I had considered figuring out how to set up my modem and using non gui to download all necassary files via ftp of course struck modem drivers problem
I do have a usb watch i could put data on however i assume that is even less likely

please dont suggest obtaining a more recent version of linux

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Old 08-30-2004, 08:26 AM   #2
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First up ... Welcome to LQ

Secondly, can you create a small FAT32 partition on either disk to copy the downloaded files to?

Old 08-30-2004, 06:03 PM   #3
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cheers for the welcome right back

I have created a fat32 partion on both hd's and am currently looking for the right commands/edits
to allow linux to recognise the fat32 partion on the linux hd,

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Old 08-30-2004, 06:07 PM   #4
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You should be able to mount the NTFS drive as read only, and maybe you're just not mounting the floppy if there's no content listed. See your /etc/fstab, man fstab and man mount.
Old 08-30-2004, 06:08 PM   #5
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mount the partitions using mount
place an entry in /etc/fstab to auto-mount on bootup

man mount
Old 08-30-2004, 06:59 PM   #6
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I believe his problem is that Red Hat by default does not have the ntfs.o module compiled or built into the kernel. Most people end up recompiling the kernel to access that ntfs file system. Most likely, since he has the info on a floppy, he is probably not mounting the floppy with
mount /mnt/floppy
I believe RH has an /etc/fstab entry for the floppy already. Optionally, the easiest way is emailing the files to himself (assuming he can check his email from the Linux side. I saw the modem doesn't work, but he may verywell have an other connection than modem. A good thing to consider also, is that his modem may not even be supported. IE a "winmodem"
Old 08-31-2004, 04:12 AM   #7
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After having some problems i have reinstalled linux
I have succeded in mounting my cd rom drive I was editing mtab not fstab so that is good now
I cannot Mount the floppy as yet due to it being fat if it was ext2 i'm sure it would be no problem

My linux version is 2.0.35 I appear to have no support for fat or anything upwards eg 16 32 ntfs

after again reading man mount, man fstab and man mtab also running man fat and other possibilities which of course had no entrys

thanks everyone for their input

I had not stopped and thought about it but clearly burning a cd is the most obvious option due to the small size of the drivers i had been focusing all my attention on floppy and hence fat etc

well cheers again everyone that has taken the time to contribute
Old 08-31-2004, 04:29 AM   #8
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ok thought i should share my ignorance with everyone i have just been searching the net for running xp disks on linux systems and have discovered that

fat = msdos

needless to say i am able to use my floppy drive now with fat disks

next i shalll make a fat partiton specificaly for transfering data between the two hd's

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Old 08-31-2004, 04:43 AM   #9
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You could also use a (free) program called Winaxe which enables you to see Linux partitions in WinXP and transfer files over to them.


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