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  1. #11

    What a weekend

    OKay, so this weekend I have had to re-install my entire MS system, thanks to the introduction of a AMD XP 1800 processor, oh well....

    I am running GNOME. I didnt actually know and had to go and check at the redhat site

    I am slowly beginning to understand what I am doing but have such a long way to go...

    My windows partitions are not alredy in /etc/fstab.

    The way I have the system set up is four partitions:

    c:\ Windows 98 (FAT32 10G)
    d:\ Windows XP (FAT32 15G)
    e:\ Blank for storage (FAT32 3G)
    Then Linux on another 10G.

    I used FAT32 as in the installation guide it tells you that linux can read FAT32 but not NFTS and I read somewhere that that is why MS try to get you to install XP as and NFTS drive.

    My modem is an ADSL modem called a BT Voyager (its made by Globespan Inc), I cant get Cable where I live

  2. #12
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Täby, Sweden
    Actually, Linux can read both FAT and NTFS, but it can't write to NTFS partitions. Although I would like that to be Microsoft's reason (then I could hate them even more), it's really because NTFS is better than FAT.
    Did you ever check what fdisk returned?

  3. #13
    Yes I saw what it said but I will have to re do it and save it to show you as I have had to spend the past two days reinstalling everything, windows, linux everything....

    I will redo it and post it for you later tonight

    Thanks for all the help...


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  5. #14
    Linux Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    San Antonio
    Okay, if this is your only hard drive in the computer then the layout looks like this:
    /dev/hda1 = C:
    /dev/hda2 = D:
    /dev/hda3 = E:
    /dev/hda4 = Logical Drive which includes
    /dev/hda5 = linux root partition
    /dev/hdax = other linux partitions

    This is the most probable layout, and if /dev/hda5 is in your /etc/fstab file then I am correct in my assumption. To make it so you can mount your windows drives do this:
    mkdir /mnt/windows_c
    mkdir /mnt/windows_d
    mkdir /mnt/windows_e
    echo "/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows_c vfat auto 0 0" >> /etc/fstab
    echo "/dev/hda2 /mnt/windows_d vfat auto 0 0" >> /etc/fstab
    echo "/dev/hda3 /mnt/windows_e vfat auto 0 0" >> /etc/fstab
    should mount all three of your windows drives on bootup. You don't need to reboot to get them mounted though. After you have done the above step just run:
    /sbin/mount /mnt/windows_c
    /sbin/mount /mnt/windows_d
    /sbin/mount /mnt/windows_e
    as root (you become root by using `su` as I think was stated earlier in the thread).

    As for your ADSL check this out:
    I respectfully decline the invitation to join your delusion.

  6. #15
    I have got the mounting sorted now, the problem was that my set up is like this for some reason:

    /dev/hda1  -  Win98
    /dev/hda5 - WinXp
    /dev/hda6 - Drive for swapping files
    /dev/hda7 + 8 - Linux
    I am not entirely certain why that is but it is working now.

    I used this code to get it mounted

     mount -t vfat /dev/hda6 /mnt/storage -o rw
    It is easy enough to mount fresh each time I log in (I am usually on Linux for several hours at a stretch)

    Although I will give yours a try Wassey, thanks for putting it up in such plain language.

    I got some tutorials and articles off It is american, do you know of any good mags that you can get in the UK? I bought Linux Magazine but it was a bit too advanced, there was no newbie section in it....

    I found the Caretakers tutorial with the help of google and now I know what I am doing more I am going to try installing it. I will post my results when I get it going properly.

    Thanks for all your help


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