Arthur S. Alexion on Mon, 7 Jul 2003 01:22:04 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Accessing a FAT32 drive from Linux

I've had success with just including the windows partitions in /etc/fstab. I even get the mount/unmount/browse icons on the KDE desktop automatically with this. My fstab lines are:

/dev/hda1      /mnt/winboot      vfat umask=000   0   0
/dev/hde1      /mnt/windata      vfat umask=000   0   0
/dev/hde5      /mnt/winother      vfat umask=000   0   0

While the umask=000 may seem a bit insecure, it is no less secure than the data on those drives is when accessed natively in windows. I've found the umask=000 to work great on this dual boot machine where each family member has a linux account, but the windows boot is not set up for multiple user accounts.


Fred K Ollinger wrote:

You could either download this:

All drives that could possibly be mounted under linux will probably show
up on kde desktop.

Cli mode is this:

1. fdisk -l

This will show you your partition tables. You will see the type as well.

2. Next you can mount it:

mount -t msdos /dev/hdb1 /mnt

This will mount the first partition from the first slave drive onto /mnt.
You can take it from there. If you need more mount points, do this:

mkdir -p /one

for example.

On Wed, 25 Jun 2003, Stephen Gran wrote:

On Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 06:38:56PM -0400, George Langford said:

Hello Plug !

Here's some more information.

The BookPC's BIOS is perfectly happy with both the 40GB and 80GB
Maxtor drives on the same cable - The 80GB's in the middle as
Slave and the 40GB's at the end as Master.

That's a good start - if the BIOS is happy with the drives and finds
them during the IDE scan at boot time, linux should be able to handle
them, if they aren't completely hosed.

What I'm discovering is that Red Hat Linux chokes when it tries to
detect the 80GB drive - and there's no opportunity to mount it along
with the floppy drive when I right-click on the display [desktop ?].
I need to work out a command-line syntax to tell Linux what file
system to look for. That's when I get all glassy-eyed.

(as root): mount -t vfat /dev/hdb1 /mnt (I'm assuming you only have one
partition on your drive, and it is the slave on the first IDE cable)


Art Alexion
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