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  1. #1

    Adding NTFS drive to existing Linux computer

    Hi, I have two hard drives, 30GB & 60GB, that were pulled out of a Windows machine (NTFS). I want to add them to an existing Linux computer (Suse 9.3). Problem is there is data on the 30GB I want to save. I assume that adding in the drives I would need to re-partition them correct? What would happen generally adding NTFS volumes?

    At the very least I was thinking I could add the drives and then boot up with WinPE CD and copy the files over.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2004
    Just add the drive and linux will automatically detect it and assign it a dev designation depending on what ide channel you use and whether its master or slave. For example if you connect the drive as a slave drive to the first ide channel, the one where your main harddrive is master, then it will be set to /dev/hdb, with a number after it according to its partition. Make sure you set the external jumper to set the drive as slave.

    Make a mount point and then manually mount the drive:

    mkdir /mnt/ntfs
    mount -t ntfs /dev/hdb1 /mnt/ntfs

    You shoiuld be able to read the drive with no problem; however, to write to it you will probably have to recompile your kernel with ntfs write support built in; however, you can backup your data onto an ext3 drive, and then mkfs a new filesystem, if you want to go away from ntfs, linux's write support for ntfs is not without some problem
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