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Old 07-22-2004, 08:24 AM   #1
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Kernel doesnt support Ntfs mount


As a newbie, here comes a newbie question:

When I start Fedora Core 2 up, I get the message: Kernel doesn´t support NTFS mount: Failure

...or something like that..
A friend of mine helped me to install Fedora, an we mounted my win XP NTFS drive, but only with read acces. But now it seems that the kernel not supports mounting of a NTFS drive? Is that true?

If not. Can I mount my NTFS drive, so I, for example, can play MP3´s from my old NTFS drive in Fedora? And edit .doc files with Abiword or OpenOffice..?

Old 07-22-2004, 10:55 AM   #2
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It's true, the kernel that comes with Fedora core 2 doesn't support ntfs. You can recompile the kernel to enable ntfs support or possibly download an rpm of the kernel module to enable ntfs support. I'd recompile if I were you. Why don't you ask about the rpm's in the Fedora forum or Google.
Old 07-22-2004, 01:33 PM   #3
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Ok.. this then leaves me with some questions.. Iĺl probably find out how, but, can you explain me, briefly how I can recompile the kernel?

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For read / write. I do not have any actual experience with captive:

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Old 07-23-2004, 12:04 AM   #5
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you'll need to reformat your NTFS file system to FAT32. then it will be supported by FC2. first, as root, type:

mkdir /mnt/windows

then, still as root:

mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows

then, as long as you are as root, then you can access anything from your FAT32 drive, and can write to it.
Old 07-23-2004, 01:09 AM   #6
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you can get a kernel patch in RPM form even at : this is still just read-only, but better than refomating and losing important stuff.
Old 07-23-2004, 01:13 AM   #7
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captive is probably the best way to go. You will have full write support to your ntfs drive. I have never used it, according to the documentation it seems real easy to set it up and use it


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