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Old 12-14-2008, 11:51 PM   #1
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mounting by force. is it harmful?

I am using Ubuntu 8.04.
I tried to mount the ntfs partition of Windows. But, couldnt work. I used ntfs-3g also.
Then I read in the man page about mounting by force. I added this line on /etc/fstab. And it worked.

$ mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda2 /media/Windata -o force
Now, I have a doubt. Will this mounting method harm my windows partition?

Another query. Where is the good mount point. /mnt or /media.
Old 12-15-2008, 12:16 AM   #2
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I usually make a directory called /data, easier to navigate to via command line. Usually you need to force mount ntfs when it was unmounted uncleanly either from Windows or Linux, many times all you have to do is restart Windows so it can clear the offending message in the journal.
Using force all the time in my opinion would not be wise if there is a more serious issue with the current state of the file system where it needs to checked. My Mac OS X has forced Windows to check em' on a few occasions.
I haven't booted into Ubuntu in a little and can't remember how mine is set up, but usually put:
/dev/sda2     /media/Windata   ntfs-3g defaults    0    0
Old 12-15-2008, 06:59 PM   #3
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Here is my fstab that was set up by Ubuntu 7:
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#  -- This file has been automaticly generated by ntfs-config -- 
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# Entry for /dev/sdb1 :
UUID=bfaaca5f-74c5-44a4-a941-cc24604f6370 / reiserfs notail 0 1
# Entry for /dev/sdb3 :
UUID=9C587CAA587C8534 /media/sda3 ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_CA.UTF-8 0 1
# Entry for /dev/ !! UNKNOW DEVICE !! :
UUID=d4f2b367-03db-4161-ac1f-84fd890aa583 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto 0 0
/dev/scd1 /media/cdrom1 udf,iso9660 user,noauto 0 0
/dev/sdc1 /media/large1 ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_CA.UTF-8 0 0



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