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Old 08-20-2002, 03:49 PM   #1
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RedHat 7.3 + NTFS = ?

Ok, i have winxp and linux on the same hd, partitoned of course. I would like to beable to mount the NTFS partition and just transfer files, like mp3's or documents im working on. Im a bit of a newbie, so i need to know what software if any i need, and how stable is this? I heard someone say on this board that its not stable and could result in a loss of all data on the drive, which i dont beleive but i dont know anything on the subject either. Thanks in advance guys.
Old 08-20-2002, 07:57 PM   #2
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You can read data from ntfs, but writing is risky.
To mount an ntfs drive, you need a directory to mount it. For example /mnt/ntfsdata. You need to knwo which partition is it (use fdisk and 'p' to look into it). As root:
mkdir /mnt/ntfsdata
mount -t ntfs /dev/hdax /mnt/ntfsdata
where /dev/hdax is the partition you have ntfs
Old 08-20-2002, 08:26 PM   #3
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I don't know how long it takes before the point-n-click regular Joe gives up the one-partition-fit-all idea. On all the boxes I set up, even on the Windows only boxes, there are TWO partitions on each. One in whatever format that best takes advantage of the OS. 98 on fat32. 2k/xp on ntfs, etc. The other being fat32 for file sharing.

Problem solved.
Old 08-21-2002, 08:25 PM   #4
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i am going to ignore jetblackz post because it is irrelevant and doesnt provide any help to my situation.

Btw, i should of asked my question diffrently. I know how to mount it, but it says my kernel doesnt support NTFS, so bascily where do i get the module i need and ive heard you want it to be read only, correct? because writing to it can be bad. Thats why i said redhat 7.3, beacuse i assumed this is a known issue. My appologies.
Old 08-21-2002, 08:34 PM   #5
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You could try simply compiling the module. If you redo an xconfig, menuconfig, or simply edit the file for your kernel, and then make the modules, it might work. That's a best-case scenario. More likely is that you will need to recompile your kernel with support as a module... you don't want it in the kernel itself!

Good luck.
Old 08-21-2002, 08:35 PM   #6
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You must recompile your kernel for NTFS support in this case, or you can kill two birds in one shot if you upgrade to new kernel (2.4.19 is the latest stable ), NTFS support is among File Sytem section of the kernel configuration, for more details on kernel compilation I suggest search forums here plus read a howto from
P.S. Thymox was ahead of me. Plus as it is noted the write operations on NTFS under linux is DANGEROUS, but you can read safely from it.
P.S#2 Actually jetblackz has a point, if you setup a FAT32 partition on XP you can share it with write/read access with no problem, again the support for FAT32 must be compiled as module in the kernel, most probably it is already compiled RH tends to include FAT32 support in their kernels by default.

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Old 08-21-2002, 10:17 PM   #7
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RH does have fat32 support, its -t vfat. And he does have a point, however if i want something off windows, i must reboot, go into windows, put it on the fat drive, then reboot, then retrive the file. Pointless imo. Thanks for the advice and links neo

EDIT: i am aware of the problem with linux and ntfs, but thanks for the heads up neo. i have done searches on the board and on google, but nothing told me how to get the NTFS enabled by my kernel. Thanks agan neo.

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