Friday, August 17, 2007

access NTFS drive in Fedora

If you happen to have a dual boot hard drive between Fedora and Windows OS, and you wish to have read and write access to your windows partition from Fedora OS, consider adding this entry.

If you happen to be initially switching from windows OS to Fedora distro, continue reading this entry.

If you happen to like Fedora but you just don't want your windows partition be deleted so other home and/or office users can still use your PC, continue reading this entry.

So much for the happening, here's an entry that would basically cover these intentions.

How to have read / write access to your windows harddrisk and partitions? That is the question.

All we need is yum to do the task for us.


As follow, do as root

# yum -y install ntfs-3g

That's it. You can now read and write to your windows drive and/or partition. Do not forget to mount your windows partition or harddrive. This can be simply done like so

If you have a newly plugged windows harddrive and currently running Fedora, simply issue as root.

Assuming /dev/sdb is your newly plugged windows harddrive

# mkdir /mnt/windows
# mount /dev/sdb /mnt/windows
# cd /mnt/windows
# ls -la

How to know identify which partitions or harddisk does your windows boots from?

As root, issue the next command as follows

# fdisk -l | grep NTFS

For dual-boot machines with both Fedora and windows OS in a single harddisk, simply issue as root

Assuming /dev/sda5 is your windows partition

# mkdir /mnt/windows
# mount /dev/sda5 /mnt/windows
# cd /mnt/windows
# ls -la

And you're done.

If you wish to know of Linux NTFS project, you can get more info and visit the site here. If you are still having some trouble mounting and accessing your windows harddrive, you may check the FAQ from here.

The Linux NTFS project can have read/write access with partitions from Windows XP,NT,2000,2003.

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