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I've got a dual boot system with Linux 9.0 and WindowsXP. I tried the stock command in the Red Hat Getting Started Guide: mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /dev/windows and got ...
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    Accessing WindowsXP drives


    I've got a dual boot system with Linux 9.0 and WindowsXP. I tried the stock command in the Red Hat Getting Started Guide:

    mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /dev/windows

    and got this error message:

    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblodk on /dev/hda1, or too many mounted file systems

    Can anyone tell me waht I am doing wrong?

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    First, are you sure it is a FAT filesystem and it is on that partition? It does not hurt to check.

    I think the problem is you are trying to mount in in the /dev filesystem. /dev isn't a normal system, it contains device links to your drives and /dev/null, amoung other things. Remember in Linux everything seems to be a file.

    Make a directory somewhere and mount it there. A common choice under /mnt.

    (You have to be root for this)
    Code:
    mkdir /mnt/windows
    mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jman
    First, are you sure it is a FAT filesystem
    No it is an ntfs file system.

    and it is on that partition? It does not hurt to check.
    Hmm . . . I'm not really sure how to do that under Linux.

    Make a directory somewhere and mount it there. A common choice under /mnt.
    My appologies. That was a typo. It should have read "/mnt/windows".

    (You have to be root for this)
    Code:
    mkdir /mnt/windows
    mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
    Yes, that is what I did originally, and it did not work. I downloaded the ntfs support module and am working on getting it running. We will see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jman
    First, are you sure it is a FAT filesystem
    No it is an ntfs file system.

    and it is on that partition? It does not hurt to check.
    Hmm . . . I'm not really sure how to do that under Linux.

    Make a directory somewhere and mount it there. A common choice under /mnt.
    My appologies. That was a typo. It should have read "/mnt/windows".

    (You have to be root for this)
    Code:
    mkdir /mnt/windows
    mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
    Yes, that is what I did originally, and it did not work. I downloaded the ntfs support module and am working on getting it running. We will see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photowriters
    I downloaded the ntfs support module and am working on getting it running. We will see what happens.
    I downloaded it and installed it with no errors. However, when I try to mount it I get the following error:

    mount: fs type ntfs not supported by kernel

    Anyone got any more ideas?

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    Success

    Finally some success. Why it would not work to begin with I do not have a clue. When I married up my RH9 kernel (20.4.20- with the correct driver, it worked flawlessly. Thanks for everyone who tried to help.

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