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Old 07-13-2003, 10:11 PM   #1
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Displaying and Accessing Windows Partitions

I just migrated from Linux Mandrake 8.2 to Red Hat 7.3 from what I worked on under Mandrake I was able to view and access my Windows partitions and drive. Is it also possible under Red Hat? Is there any package or software that I could download and install on my system to allow me to access the Windows partitions?
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I am using a software called PartitionMagic on MS Windows to partition the hhd first. What you do is to partition four sectors for the Linux.

1. a FAT32 sector
2. a SWAP sector
3. a BOOT LOADER sector
4. a Linux OS sector

(1) have to be formated as NTFS (2)~(4) is just Linux file system.
After installed Linux, mount the FAT32 sector from Linux then you can access to MS Windows file. Hope this helps.

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Is there any other way? I don't have that software and my system is already installed. Is there any alternative program from Linux that could do this?
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Yes you can.

If they are fat/fat32 partitions you can mount them with :

mount -t vfat /dev/hdx /mnt/windows

Where, /dev/hdx is the name of the harddrive you want to view and /mnt/windows is the place it will put it.

If you want to see NTFS... then first check and see if it is supported :
cat /proc/filesystems -- look for ntfs

If it isn't there, install the ntfs support rpm from :

Then reboot... and use:
mount -t ntfs -r /dev/hdx /mnt/windows
to load it up.
The -r is for read-only... NEVER EVER EVER EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES omit that -r. Writing to an NTFS partition under linux will destroy the ntfs.

You can add useful commands to mount... checkout man mount... or post again

If you want to mount more than one windows drive make many directories under /mnt (eg: windows1, windows2, windows3) and change the mount commands appropriately.



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