Mounting NTFS Drive in Linux?

I have two hard disk in my computer. One runs on Windows XP Prof with NTFS type.

While the other hard disk runs completely on Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS v.4.0

I wish to mount the NTFS Hard Disk while i work at Linux.

The FDISK utility shows NTFS present in /dev/hda4, /dev/hda5, /dev/hda6

I tried the command

$ mount /dev/hda4 /media/

but it seems not working.

Please help me out..

5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    You can have read and write support to a NTFS drive if you use the ntfs-3d driver. Look up how to install it for you distro. This is how you do it for Ubuntu.

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  • 1 decade ago

    First of all, NTFS is available as read only under Linux, and that too only if a special module is loaded in the kernel. So you can mount NTFS partitions under Linux once this module is loaded and you can copy info from that partition, but you won't be able to write to it. To include NTFS support in your linux kernel try

    Therem are commercially available software solutions that claim to solve this read-write problem, a google search yields as an example paragon software ( Never tried these.

    A third solution (free and no hassle) would be to use a vfat partition (FAT32) as a buffer between your XP/2k/2k3 system and linux, since all of these can easily access the FAT32 partitions. Hope this helps.

    All the best.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm not an expert in Linux / Unix but I do know some need a fat32 partition setup and won't use NTFS.. that may be your problem. Can reload the disc in a WinXP enviroment and use disc management to Fat32 it or just use a boot disc in DOS, then try it out

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  • 1 decade ago

    one of the things you can't do is swap files between linux and windows, in their standard format,,

    linux can see NTFS file format but can't write to it

    windows can't read linux files format at all

    so what you need to do is have a FAT 32 partition that both system can read/write too so that you can swap data files between each system,

    for some of the answers to your questions try <<<<< download the manuals

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  • wishon
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    4 years ago

    all your homestead windows drives would desire to be fastened at once on boot up, if not you may su root & mount. in case you're new to Linux you would be able to nicely be extra helpful off with Ubuntu or Suse 10.2 (which will desire to automount and coach the drives up on the pc below the "laptop" icon.

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