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Old 12-05-2006, 11:08 AM   #1
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Cannot mount external hard drive

Hi when I plug in my external hard drive through USB I get an error message saying that Fedora Core 5 cannot mount the drive.

Do I need to install any packages for that.

I guess this happens because the HDD was set up on XP.

Old 12-05-2006, 12:04 PM   #2
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You may need to manually specify the file system type. Try
mount -t ntfs /dev/sdXX <mountpoint>
where /dev/sdXX is your device name (eg, /dev/sda1) and mountpoint is your mountpoint (eg, /mnt/usb) Note that your mountpoint must exist before you can mount something to it.
Old 12-06-2006, 04:44 AM   #3
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I think (I'm not personnaly using fedora) that ntfs is not included by default in FC5.
modprobe ntfs
cat /proc/filesystems

If you have no "ntfs" line, you have to get the rpm on internet.
Old 12-06-2006, 01:33 PM   #4
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Yea I think your correct because of licencing issues. I had a similar problem when working with red hat.
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I would suggest getting the ntfs-3g/captive for mouting the ntfs hdd. Then you could even write to it, and use it to transfer files as well.

I personally use captive and it has worked fine for a long time now.


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