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    [SOLVED] How to mount a NTFS partition


    I've just recently began working with linux (fedora) and Im trying to acces my ntfs drive so I can transfer my music over since I dont have access to an external drive. Here are my results from fdisk

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    Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders, total 78165360 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xe25aef18
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *        2048      526335      262144   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2          526336    21497855    10485760   83  Linux
    /dev/sda3        21497856    25692159     2097152   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda4        25692160    78163967    26235904    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5        25694208    78163967    26234880   83  Linux
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xf9f0ebad
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1              63  1953523119   976761528+  42  SFS
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 37.0 GB, 37019566080 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4500 cylinders, total 72303840 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x91689168
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdc1            2048    72302591    36150272   83  Linux
    The disk is /dev/sdb. When I try:

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    mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /media/test
    I get:

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    NTFS signature is missing.
    Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1': Invalid argument
    The device '/dev/sdb1' doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS.
    Any help would be greatly appreciate.

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    Hello and Welcome.
    You might want to try booting into Windows and running disk checker and or defrag. I think that is what caused that message
    NTFS signature is missing.
    OR!
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 63 1953523119 976761528+ 42 SFS
    It's not an NTFS partition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTbob View Post
    Hello and Welcome.
    You might want to try booting into Windows and running disk checker and or defrag. I think that is what caused that message


    OR!
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

    It's not an NTFS partition.
    Thank you for your response. I created the partitions with the NTFS file system. Also I would boot into windows but I no longer have windows installed (replaced with fedora). I used my large drive solely for data storage. Basically there is a partition on there which Im trying to mount (not sure how to mount it since only one is showing with fdisk..the disk has a few partitions) so I can copy some files over and format it with a different file system.

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    I just thought I would give a quick update on my situation. I found TestDisk and installed it and after going through I was able to write the partition structure so now I can succesfuly mount and read the partitions.

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    Thanks for posting your solution, hopefully everything will be good.
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