Mounting other hard disks

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Mounting other hard disks

Postby farhanansari » Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:50 pm

If I have two hardisks and in one hdd I have linux and i want to mount the other hardisk with partitions both ntfs and fat32. how can i do such
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Postby Muhammad Saad » Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:31 pm

Assalam-o-Alaikum Farhan Ansari,
You can do it by mount command. For example:

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mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/c

If you want the partitions to be automatically mounted on each boot, you will have to edit the file /etc/fstab. But before that you will have to keep some things in mind. For example:
If C drive is on first hard disk, it will probably be /dev/hda1. D drive will be /dev/hda5, E will be /dev/hda6, F will be /dev/hda7 and so on.
NTFS support in some old Linux distributions will be limited to read-only. If possible, you should use FAT file system.

Here is an example of what to add to /etc/fstab:

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/dev/hda1      /mnt/c-drive         auto   iocharset=utf8,umask=000   0 0
/dev/hda5      /mnt/d-drive         auto   iocharset=utf8,umask=000   0 0

The first column represents the hard disk device as I have already mentioned. The second column is the mount point, i.e; the directory where you will mount the partition. Third column is for file-system. You can set it to auto to detect the file-system automatically. Fourth column is for other advanced options. To know details about these options, type man mount at the terminal. About the other two columns, I only know that they should be 0 0 for windows disk.

For more details about the process, type man mount or man fstab at the terminal to read a detailed manual.
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Mounting Windows Partition in linux

Postby x2oxen » Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:18 pm

If you have 2.6.20 or above kernel then you going to do it now time by

For NTFS

mount -t ntfs /path/to/your/device /mount/point

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mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/ntfs


and for Fat32

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mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/vfat


If you have below kernel than 2.6.20 then install ntfs-3g and use it for mounting ntfs partition. And now if you want to mount partition permanently then add the entry for your partition in your /etc/fstab file.
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Postby outhanger » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:03 pm

x2oxen wrote:If you have below kernel than 2.6.20 then install ntfs-3g

I don't think that is correct. All 2.6.x kernels I have used contained ntfs drivers.
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Postby x2oxen » Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:12 pm

below 2.6.20 kernels won't let you write on it or else you have to add ntfs-3g support in those 2.6.20 and above have that builtin
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Postby outhanger » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:50 am

x2oxen wrote:below 2.6.20 kernels won't let you write on it or else you have to add ntfs-3g support in those 2.6.20 and above have that builtin

Where are you getting that information from? Kernels <2.6.20 definitely had ntfs write support although it was labelled 'EXPERIMENTAL' or such.
And this is what the latest stable kernel (2.6.25) says in "Documentation/filesystems/ntfs.txt":
The biggest limitation at present is that files/directories cannot be created or deleted.

So, there is still only limited ntfs write support in the kernel but it is safe to use it now.
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Postby x2oxen » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:44 am

i didn't said 2.6.20 don't have i said below 2.6.20 read it again.
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Postby outhanger » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:40 am

LOL, this discussion is going nowhere.. Read what I wrote:
"Kernels <2.6.20" means kernels with lower version than 2.6.20 :)
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