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Old 06-29-2006, 03:02 PM   #1
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Dual Boot and FAT32/NTFS Partitions

I've been running a Mandrake 10/Win 98 dual boot machine, but I've just changed the Win 98 to XP, and therefore my C: drive, which was a FAT32 partition, is now an NTFS partition. The problem is that Mandrake is still expecting a FAT32, gives red FAILURE messages on boot and can't see any of the files anymore. I'm something of a Drive Drake n00b and can't seem to find what to do to about this.
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You need to change the entry in /etc/fstab to something like the following
/dev/hda1   /mnt/windows   ntfs   defaults,ro,umask=0000    0    0
Basically, whatever line has the vfat in it now, you just change to ntfs and then add the ro and umask options to make sure it is read only (write support from linux to NTFS is still dangerous, you might lose data).
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Alas, this has had no effect at all.
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Hi, I've had a similar problem and found that editing the fstab didn't work either.

What I found was that I needed to set the Mount Points for linux/mandriva.

So, go to the hardware setup, configure my computer. and set mount points for hard disks but only change the fat32 to ntfs. And don't format(hehe).

Check it out. BTW, I use winxp on fat32. Makes it easier to hack M$ from Linux.


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