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    What program will let me access Windows files


    on a HDD that is formatted as NTFS? I attempted a dual boot system on my laptop that I need for school and I can't get XP to boot. I think it is a problem with the boot.ini file but I can't get to it to try and fix it.

    I tried repairing my XP install by inserting the XP CD and setting my laptop to boot from the optical drive. That goes fine, but I get an error saying no HDD's are present. Of course that's not true because I can boot and run my Fedora 6.

    I've got class in 3 hours ... any ideas?

    Thanks.

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    Are you trying to access your files from inside linux or are you attempting to actually boot the windows installation?

    The first case you should be able to mount your windows partition with the command:
    Code:
    mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows -t ntfs
    Make sure to create /mnt/windows and sda1 should be the hard drive and partition
    (hd(a|b|c...) for ide drives, sd(a|b|c...) for SATA and SCSI drives and the number of the partition

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    most distros can access ntfs files if only read access. boot fedora with the windows hard drive as a slave and mount it access the files from fedora.
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    Bassman, I am getting a message saying "unknown filesystem type 'ntfs' "

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    This command should install ntfs support and then you should be able to run the mount command. I would recommend only mounting as read only
    Code:
    sudo yum install fuse fuse-libs ntfs-3g ntfsprogs ntfsprogs-gnomevfs
    
    mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows -t ntfs -ro umask=0222
    if you need write access change the umask to 0000

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallblockfuelie
    That goes fine, but I get an error saying no HDD's are present. Of course that's not true because I can boot and run my Fedora 6.
    thats weird. either XP CD should display BLANK screen during hardware configuration check OR boots up normally.
    boot up Fedora and open Terminal/Konsole, execute this
    Code:
    su -
    fdisk -l
    post the output here.

    Quote Originally Posted by smallblockfuelie
    I am getting a message saying "unknown filesystem type 'ntfs' "
    Fedora doesn't support NTFS read access out of box.
    for NTFS Read access, install kmod-ntfs package.
    Code:
    yum -y install kmod-ntfs
    for NTFS read/write access, check this link.




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