Data Mounting

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Data Mounting

Postby Imran.Plus » Fri Nov 22, 2002 8:08 pm

Dear Sir,
I am new user of linex and I want to auto mount my data from my FAT partion tell me plz.

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Postby fawad » Sat Nov 23, 2002 1:08 am

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Postby Imran.Plus » Sun Nov 24, 2002 12:53 pm


i have mounted all data but

Postby zaib » Wed Nov 27, 2002 1:36 am

i have mounted data but my h.d.d of 20 gb
only "f:" i did ext3 where i it has space of 5.5 gb
it only mounted data of c =2.6gb
and data of d=3.1gb
but never suppot data of e drive
please refere the problems solution

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Postby AsadR » Thu Nov 28, 2002 1:16 pm

zaib, it would be easier for everyone (including yourself) to understand what's going on if you realized that drive letters (C:, D:, etc..) are of very little importance in The Real World. These drive letters are (in some cases completely randomly) assigned by Microsoft Windows to the partitions on the harddisks you have installed on your computer.

Your computer motherboard has 2 IDE buses (called IDE-0 and IDE-1). Each of these buses can have 2 IDE devices installed on it (called master and slave -- defined by a jumper setting at the back of the harddisk).
Each harddisk can have mutliple partitions. On an intel based system you are limited to 4 primary partitions. Any of these partitions can be an "extended partition", which contains a potentially unlimted number of logical partitions.
In Linux, you can access any partition on any drive you want. The name of the MASTER IDE device on the FIRST IDE port (IDE-0) is called:


The SLAVE ide device on the FIRST IDE port is called


Similarily, the master and slave of the second ide port is called

/dev/hdc and /dev/hdd respectively.

Each primary partition is referenced by a number from 1-4
So the first primary partition on the master device on the first ide port will be:


Logical partitions are similarily labelled from 5 onwards.

The first step to understanding your partitions is to see where your harddisk is installed. You can use this using "dmesg | less" on your command prompt. If you scroll through, you'll find a listing of the IDE devices installed on your PC and the partitions detected on them.

You can then use cfdisk or a similar tool to browse through the partition table to see the sizes of the various partitions (and if you are infact using your entire harddisk).

Once you recognize the partitions you want to access from Linux, you simply create an empty directory (called a mount point) which you will use to access that partition.

Supposing your harddisk is the master device on the first ide bus, and the third partition is the mysteriously labelled "e" drive.
This would make the path to E: drive:


To mount this, you would make the mountpoint:

mkdir /drive_e

Then to mount it you'd type:

mount /dev/hda3 /drive_e

Should work fine as long as you have appropriate kernel drivers for the partition format (ie: FAT32/NTFS) installed.


wow, that was a long post. please excuse any errors.

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