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Old 08-02-2006, 01:13 PM   #1
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Issues with mounts dissappearing under captive-ntfs

I want to offer my thanks in advance for help. I install the Mandriva club rpm of captive-ntfs on my system here a dual boot. It is running Mandriva 2006 December Club and WinXP. I am now in linux 90% plus of the time and I am phasing out drives and condensing to redo the drive layout in jfs from ntfs. In order to do so I am finding that I need captive-ntfs to do what I need to do. After installing the rpm, I checked to make sure everything was ok and mounted my drives manually to see if all was ok. it went a little weird the first time and out of the 4 partitions i mounted, the first one C and the third F's mount points disappeared after entering the directories and trying to manipulate the file system. The other two remained ok. I tried to unmount these two and got device busy on both. The other two unmounted fine. I rebooted and tried to mount them one at a time. Now the first time I open kfm and go to /mnt it locks up. I kill it and open another and that one will enter no problem into /mnt. I go to /mnt/win_c where hda1 is mounted, it enters the directory and then like magic the drive disappears. No more mount point showing or anything. even if i try from a console the same thing. The othr drives do this intermittently. I have booted into XP and everything is ok on that end no damage there from this. Has anyone experienced this? Help please? I would love to solve this. I have searched everywhere on this issue with no success. Thanks much for any help.

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Old 08-02-2006, 05:17 PM   #2
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I wouldn't recommend writing to NTFS through Linux. NTFS is really a Microsoft trade secret, so the computer kinda guesses what to do, which is bad. I'm not really sure how it works, just that it's not recommended if you want to keep your files happy and uncorrupted. Since you have XP, unless you are attached to that particular install, I'd just format the whole partition to FAT32 and reinstall, both using the XP install CD. Pretty much any system can write to FAT.

I'm not sure what the cause of your problem is, but in any case writing to NTFS is a bad idea. It might be a mount problem, or a NTFS problem. My experience here is limited, so I dunno. Check if:
a) /etc/fstab lists the partition as NTFS or auto or whatever. Not sure what it should be, but it could be a possible cause. Although that would give an error message.
b) the captive-ntfs site can help you. If they have a forum, ask there.
c) your partition is not corrupted. Windows booted fine, but check anyway. That might or moght not help, no experience here. Scan the disk for errors and everything.

I suppose you have your own reasons for using JFS. If it all works out, PM me. I'm curious about JFS, since it looks like a good filesystem.

Good Luck.
Old 08-03-2006, 08:28 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by skale
I suppose you have your own reasons for using JFS. If it all works out, PM me. I'm curious about JFS, since it looks like a good filesystem.
Skale it is a great filesystem. I have never had any problems with it. ext2 and ext3 i have had hard shutdowns make them get really messy. Lots of non contiguous bits and or file corruption. with IBM's jfs I have never had any of those problems.

On the note of my ntfs filesystem issues. I am using captive-ntfs so I can move files over to linux and in the same process take and repartition the now empty partitions for linux and transfer the items back I haven't deleted or burned to a cd or dvd. At the end of it all, having a third of what was allocated originally to windows for XP. Between both Linux and XP I have just enough space to do the harddrive shuffle, organize my files, and such. I already have the other 2 systems on the network hurting for harddrive space or I would shuffle over to them. What can I say, I am pack rat.


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