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Old 09-23-2004, 04:08 PM   #1
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How To Mount NTFS Drives in Linux 9

i want to mount ntfs drives on linux 9. so can sm one tell me how to do it
i mounted fat drives using

mount dev/hda -t vfat mnt/windows

i tried to mount ntfs drives using

mount dev/hda -t ntfs mnt/windows
but its not working. i would love to get sm help
Old 09-23-2004, 04:19 PM   #2
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hi thre

u do not seemt o have ntfs FS support in ur kernel

either get the ntfs driver from


compile ur kernel fro ntfs support

Old 09-23-2004, 04:35 PM   #3
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First of all, which partition of hda is Windows on? To find this out, at the console type

fdisk -l

(that's an L for list)

You may need to be root to do this, I have to be root on SuSE 9.1

This will give you something like this:
   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1       46920    23647648+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2           46921       47802      444528   82  Linux swap
/dev/hda3           47803       58140     5210352   83  Linux
As you can see, my NTFS drive (Windows XP) is on /dev/hda1, /dev/hda is too generic to do anything.

If you want to check and see if your current kernel supports NTFS, go into a terminal again and type:
cat /proc/filesystems
This will give you a list of all currently supported filesystems by your installation - ignore the first column, and look for NTFS listed in the second column. If it's there, you're in luck, if not, go to as suggested above.

If it IS there, then at the console again type:
mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
If you have problems with the console reporting that the options are incorrect for the filesystem type, try "auto" instead of "ntfs" to let the system sort it out.

This will have to be done as root most probably, if you want to mount it automatically at startup, let me know and I'll tell you how I finally got my /etc/fstab to mount it for me as a user as well as root at boot time.

I had this exact same problem for a while until I finally figured it all out.
Old 09-23-2004, 04:37 PM   #4
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1) go to the web site above to get the right NTFS rpm for your kernel version (use command 'uname -r' to find out kernel version)

If there is no NTFS rpm matching your kenel then you must build your own NTFS rpm. Follow the instructions there, under Info/Build Your Own. It's not that complicated, I did it and the new NTFS rpm works just fine.

2) install it: rpm -Uvh whatever-kernel-ntfs-xxx.rpm
3) Once you have NTFS installed OK, type 'modprobe ntfs' and 'dmesg'' to verify the installation.

3) Assume all is done OK till now, edit /etc/fstab and add:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows-disk ntfs auto,user 0 0

Then: 'mount -a' or 'mount /mnt/windows-disk'

On the next boot, the disk will be mounted automatically, though.

Last edited by tho_x_tran; 09-23-2004 at 08:05 PM.


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