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Old 09-08-2005, 01:28 AM   #1
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Need help reading NTFS partitions in SuSE 9.3


Aloha everyone,

I successfully installed SuSE 9.3 on my laptop, an HP zd8110us, and got video resolution of 1440x900 (which I was unable to get using Fecora Core 3), sound working with no problem, and wireless networking with the built-in Broadcom BCM4306 wireless NIC. The one thing I was able to do with FC3 which I still can't figure out in SuSE 9.3 is how to read my NTFS partitions.

I have absolutely no problems dual-booting between Windows XP Media Center Edition and SuSE 9.3, but I can't see either OS's partitions with the other OS. It's understandable that I wouldn't be able to see the SuSE partitions under WinXP, but I as able to install an RPM in FC3 to view my WinXP partitions.

I have seen it mentioned that SuSE 9+ supports at least reading of NTFS partitions, but when I entered:

cat /proc/filesystems

ntfs wasn't listed as being supported. I attempted to edit the /etc/fstab file, but got an error stating the same thing. Is there a SuSE rpm which can provide the ability to read an NTFS partition? If not, how was anyone able to set up their system with that capability? Any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated. Note that I don't want to write to the NTFS partitions, only read them.

Mahalo in advance for your assistance,

Bud Jones

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Old 09-08-2005, 01:32 AM   #2
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Open up yast/partitioner. It's probably already mounted under /media or /mnt. But if not, you can pick a spot that makes you happy.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 02:19 AM   #3
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Thoreau,

Thanks for the quick reply, but I was no joy on the NTFS partitions. I looked under both /mnt and /media, but the only directories there were the expected ones.

Bud Jones
 
Old 09-08-2005, 03:19 AM   #4
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NTFS has always been part of the SUSE kernel, so I would be surprised if the driver is missing. What happens if you mount the partitions manually from command-line?

mount -t ntfs /dev/<your-ntfs-partition> /<your mountpoint>

Type 'cat /etc/mtab' or 'mount' to see all mounted filesystems listed and 'fdisk -l' to find out the devicenames of your partitions.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 12:21 PM   #5
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abisko00,

Thanks for your reply. I was updating some packages on my laptop, including the kernel, then after the update and a reboot (to take advantage of the kernel update), I was able to mount my NTFS partitions.

I do still have one remaining problem, however. I can't view any of the files as a normal user, only as root. Root is the owner and group of the two directories, but even after I changed the owner and group of /media/win1 and /media/win2, I still couldn't view the files as anything other than root. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Bud Jones
 
Old 09-08-2005, 12:32 PM   #6
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It usually helps to add the option umask=0 to the respective line in /etc/fstab.
http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2001/09/kfr_18.html
Another possibility is insufficient rights on the mountpoints. You can change those with 'chown root:users /media/win1' and 'chmod 775 /media/win1'
However, I think the first option will work.
 
  


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