Find the answer to your Linux question:
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19
I'm a complete newb to Linux, and I just installed Mandriva Linux today. I am currently dual-booting Windows XP and Mandriva. I would like to access my Windows files from ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    9

    Accessing Windows Partitions in Mandriva Linux


    I'm a complete newb to Linux, and I just installed Mandriva Linux today. I am currently dual-booting Windows XP and Mandriva. I would like to access my Windows files from Linux (like midi files and things for WinE.) Is this possible? If so, is there any non-headache inducing way to do it? While I don't mind some difficulty, I'm just afraid to mess around in a system I've only been using for about 4 hours.

    Thanks for any help I can get.

  2. #2
    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Posts
    5,035
    Unless you're using some SATA disk or SCSI, your Windows partition will probably be /dev/hdax, where x is a number like 2 or 3.
    Do:
    Code:
    ls /dev/hda*
    to see how many partitions there are.
    Then, either by using common sense/trial and error/combination of both, figure out which one is the windows partition, and mount it. Assuming that your Windows partition is /dev/hda3:
    Code:
    mount /dev/hda3 /mnt/windows
    Just make sure to replace the number 3 with the real number, and that /mnt/windows exists.

  3. #3
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    9
    It says that only root can perform it, and I tried doing it in root. It's mounted, but I can only access it in root. How do I access it in other login accounts?

  4. $spacer_open
    $spacer_close
  5. #4
    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Posts
    5,035
    When you mount it, do it like this:
    Code:
    mount /dev/hda3 /mnt/windows -o users

  6. #5
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    9
    Thanks a lot. I'll try that when I get a chance to log back into Linux.

  7. #6
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    9
    It didn't work. The other accounts still can't access the windows directory.

    I'm using Mandriva One installed to my computer, if that makes a difference.

    I:

    "umounted /dev/hda2"

    then:

    "mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/windows -o users"

    right? Or am I missing something?

  8. #7
    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Posts
    5,035
    Wait, by access, what do you mean? Can users read from it? Can they not write to it?

  9. #8
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    9
    It says that I do not have enough permissions to open /mnt/windows.

  10. #9
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by Calehay
    It says that I do not have enough permissions to open /mnt/windows.
    Maybe your permissions have not been set correctly for the mount point. Try this :

    1. Go to console.
    2. Become root (su)
    3. "cd /mnt"
    4. "chmod 555 windows"

    Now try umounting and mounting again.

  11. #10
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by Calehay
    It didn't work. The other accounts still can't access the windows directory.

    I'm using Mandriva One installed to my computer, if that makes a difference.

    I:

    "umounted /dev/hda2"

    then:

    "mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/windows -o users"

    right? Or am I missing something?
    BTW, when unmounting, you type "umount /dev/hda2". I assume the "past tense" was just to be grammatical ?

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •