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Old 01-11-2010, 07:19 AM   #31
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Have you tried manually mounting the device to a specific folder so there is no doubt about where the files should be showing up?

Might also try using slocate to find them or to see if you can even get them to be displayed. Though I'm not sure if slocate will index files on a removable device without specifically telling to.

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Old 01-11-2010, 09:28 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by MTK358 View Post
Maybe you told windows to encrypt the drive a long time ago (I don't know if that could be the cause, though)?
Brand new drive is doing the same thing as the old ones.

Originally Posted by xGreenmanx View Post
Have you tried manually mounting the device to a specific folder so there is no doubt about where the files should be showing up?
No, how would I go about that?
Old 01-11-2010, 05:36 PM   #33
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Open console window and log in as root and create a folder somewhere and then use the mount command to mount the drive to that folder. I'm assuming it is a USB drive so it should be showing up as "/dev/sda" or "/dev/sdb" or "/dev/sdc" etc depending on how many other SATA or USB drives you have plugged in.

The way I would do it. You will have to change the /dev/sda1 part according to what your usb drive is showing up as.

CTRL+ALT+F1 to get to a terminal. Of course you could also do this from an xTerm window in the GUI. Purely preference. Just make sure you log in as root to do all of this so you can rule out any permissions causing issues.
login as:root

Login Successful blah blah blah

       / # cd /mnt   <----- change directory to the /mnt folder
     mnt # mkdir usbdrive   <----- makes a directory called "usbdrive"
     mnt # mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usbdrive   <----- mounts the first partition (the number 1) of the first SATA, USB or SCSI drive (the letter a) to /mnt/usbdrive
     mnt # [COLOR="Red"]cd usbdrive/COLOR]   <----- move into the usbdrive directory
usbdrive # ls -a   <----- ls -a shows all files including hidden ones
If that works then linux is able to see the files and I'm guessing the problem is either a permissions issue when doing this as a regular user or that the device is not being mounted at the folder you are expecting it to be mounted at.

Btw when you are done you can unmount it with umount <device>. Make sure there are no windows open viewing the files or it will not unmount.
usbdrive # cd /   <----- Cannot unmount while we are in the directory so we leave it
       / # umount /dev/sda1   <----- Yes umount... not unmount.

/ # umount /mnt/usbdrive   <----- unmounts whatever device is mounted on that folder
Hope that helps

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Old 01-12-2010, 08:36 AM   #34
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Also you somehow have to prevent GNOME/KDE from automounting it.
Old 01-13-2010, 02:34 AM   #35
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It never occurred to me that you could just open a terminal window and type "df" to see what is mounted and then plug the device in and type df again to see where and if it was even mounted.
Old 02-01-2010, 06:25 PM   #36
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ok I feel some have totally missed what CaptKrill is trying to accomplish here.

It is really simple. He is running Windows XP using VMWare on a linux host machine. Nlite is an application that allows you to modify your windows installation CD to allow user to include or exclude certain components that are automatically installed through any normal Windows installation. A stripped down version of windows can run faster and more efficiently than a normal installation.

However, NLite is only a win32 application and is not currently compatible with Wine or any free emulator. The only viable option would be to strip the windows installation files on an alternate workstation and create the new Windows cd on the alternate workstation. Then reinstall Windows using VMWare on the linux box.
Old 12-24-2010, 01:11 PM   #37
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1. OP is using linux
2. OP wants to set up a win box
3. OP wants the win box to run a customised (non-bloated, streamlined) instance of xp
4. OP knows nLite can help generate a pre-customised xp installation disc from a full xp installation disc
5. OP knows nLite runs on xp
6. OP wants to find something like nLite that will do #4 but running on linux
7. OP doesn't want to have to set up a virtual xp environment to run nLite

if anyone missed that, nLite generates a customised installation disc for xp, from a full installation disc for xp.

it does other things as well but for that functionality, in theory, nLite doesn't have to be running on xp at all. that is why the OP (and I for that matter) want to find out if there is something that can be run from linux, that will take a full xp installation disc and, with appropriate user selections, create a customised installation disc.

it would be awesome if someone can post a response as simple as "yes, go and get xxxxx which does what you need".

someone on the nlite user forums has reported that nLite can work on wine ( but there's a bit of fiddling involved.
Old 02-10-2011, 10:04 AM   #38
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i was googling around looking for the same answer captkrill was seeking, i found this topic first... and it seems captkrill was nothing more then criticised for wanting to tinker with win crap rather then mentioning his linux intentions first..
yes, this is a linux forum, but i understood him fairly well from the get-go...
there are many reasons people would want to use nLite, i fix alot of peoples computers, and when i replace major hardware sometimes i have to re-install windows for my custy's. I use nLite to stick all the windows updates and service packs right onto the disc i install xp with (i use different methods for vista/7) and the set-up portion takes half the time to complete.
as for the modification of the OS, with nLite it only supports xp, and within xp has a f*@k-ton of worthless crapware that doesnt need to be there. its also handy for getting the apps people actually use installed.
regardless, captkrill, thanks to the link that scign provided, the answer was quite easy

Originally Posted by
you need to install wine tricks then install 2.0 on wine tricks for it to work. to install winetricks copy paste this into terminal.

then to install ms.net2.0 copy paste this in

sh winetricks dotnet20
then try installing nlite. it should work

please note dont click the link i posted for winetricks you have to copy paste everything including the wget into terminal
this method worked perfectly.
props to scign for the link to the actual answer

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