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  Author  Subject: Re: how to mount a harddisk with ntfs file system?

Posted on 06-05-2003 07:03 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Mark Krentel

> mount: fs type ntfs not supported by kernel

You need the ntfs.o kernel module for this. There is a module for
this, but it doesn't come supplied with the standard Linux kernel,
apparently for legal reasons. But, you're in luck, the Linux NTFS web
site has a pre-compiled ntfs.o module for just about every Linux
kernel version in RPM format. Start at:

It appears that the NTFS support is pretty much read-only. They
describe the write support as "extremely dangerous" and the threat
level of destroying the file system as "very high" (I guess that would
be the bright red color code :-). So, you can really only transfer
files from XP to Linux this way. But they make some mention of being
able to read ext2/ext3 file systems from within Windows, which would
allow you to move files the other direction (but don't ask me!).

A simpler work around for transferring files between Linux and Windows
is to make a small, old-style DOS file system on one of the disks.
Linux should be able to read/write a DOS partition just fine. But, if
you've already allocated all of your disk space, then you'll have to
resize some partition to do this.


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