Radhat Linux Question Newbie
I am new to Linux. I turned to it as an alternative to relying completely on
MS win XP.
I recently lost a lot of files because I got a virus in my xp and I had the
files on the same drive as the xp. Whole lot had to be wiped. Major
headache. That was all two weeks ago.
Since then I have asked around friends for alternatives. Someone recommended
Linux. I had heard it was good once you got into it but difficult to set up.
I reinstalled xp, this time installing it one one partition of my 120Gb
disk. I was worried about doing this but I figured it out and now I have
three different partitions formatted NTFS solely for windows files. I
installed BLAG Redhat Linux from a disk I wrote after downloading the OS on
an etc3 partition and also a swap partition of 1.25Gb. I now have a dual
boot system which I am very proud of - until a couple of weeks ago I wasn't
even aware there was anything could rival xp as an operating system!
I can load linux from the boot selection screen. I like to think this is
half the battle. I can get into the various applications and they run well.
I like them. But here's the crunch.
I want to use either operating systems for it's better applications on any
of my files. I want to be able to access all my files with both os's. With
this in mind I formatted one 20Gb partition as Fat32 so I can access it with
linux as well as winxp. I am led to believe linux doesn't like NTFS. This
was going to be my shared drive.
I tried to open files from the FAT32 partition with linux but linux won't
recognise it. I got a book form the library and used some of the commands
from the book in the terminal window. No joy!
When I type 'mount' as superuser it should show me the Fat32 partition,
right? It don't. I am confused.
Machine spec. (in case it matters)
Asus AB-P 2600 barebone system
Asus P4S8L Motherboard
Maxtor 120 Gb 7200rpm 8mb hard drive
Pentium 4 processor 2.4 Ghz with 533 Front side bus
1024 DDR memory, pc2700
Asus DVD+-r/rw (which is only really windows compatible so it's not so much
of a worry, even though I have had it working in with linux, though not
As you can see the spec is reasonable. Why won't linux recognise this
Any help would be gratefully recieved...
Re: Radhat Linux Question Newbie
On Fri, 05 Mar 2004 12:11:18 +0000, Shufflespeare wrote:
> I want to use either operating systems for it's better applications on
> any of my files. I want to be able to access all my files with both
> os's. With this in mind I formatted one 20Gb partition as Fat32 so I can
> access it with linux as well as winxp. I am led to believe linux doesn't
> like NTFS. This was going to be my shared drive.[/color]
Red Hat Linux and it's off-shoots (BLAG) does not support the NTFS
partition(s) 'out of the box' visit (for read only access);
> I tried to open files from the FAT32 partition with linux but linux
> won't recognise it. I got a book form the library and used some of the
> commands from the book in the terminal window. No joy!
> When I type 'mount' as superuser it should show me the Fat32 partition,
> right? It don't. I am confused.[/color]
Maybe, you need to configure access to the FAT32 partition.
> As you can see the spec is reasonable. Why won't linux recognise this
Because you need to let Linux about the partition. From the console or
xterm session type something like; fdisk -l /dev/hda
Now let's say your FAT32 partition is shown as /dev/hda5 to mount it as
root type something like; mount -t vfat /dev/hda5 /mnt/shared
Assuming the mountpoint /mnt/shared already exists, if not then as root
create it; mkdir /mnt/shared
If you want to allow users (not root) to have access to the partition edit
the /etc/fstab file as root and add a line like;
/dev/hda5 /mnt/shared vfat nouto,users,rw 0 0
Read 'man fdisk' 'man fstab' 'man mount' for the details.
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