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    prabharathi NNTP User

    Default accessing windows partitions ntfs and fat , vista

    I just got opensuse 11.1 installed. I dualboot windows xp with it. Everything is up and running including playing mp3 songs and accessing the net with my dataone modem. I could not figure out how to access the windows partitions from linux. In mandriva I could go to storage devices and get into them.
    Ravi

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: accessing windows partitions ntfs and fat , vista

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    This is probably the wrong forum. Check the .applications forum or
    search all the forums. There are a lot of posts about mounting windows
    volumes and it may already be mounted.... check for a /windows directory
    on your box.

    Good luck.





    prabharathi wrote:
    > I just got opensuse 11.1 installed. I dualboot windows xp with it.
    > Everything is up and running including playing mp3 songs and accessing
    > the net with my dataone modem. I could not figure out how to access the
    > windows partitions from linux. In mandriva I could go to storage
    > devices and get into them.
    > Ravi
    >
    >

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    Default Re: accessing windows partitions ntfs and fat , vista

    Hi prabharathi, welcome to the forums. I moved your post as ab suggested.

    In Gnome you might see them in Nautilus --> Computer or KDE in the "My Computer" icon on the Desktop.

    Failing that, this might help: Normally the installation program mounts the windows partitions permanently bu including a line for each windows partition in the file fstab located at /etc/fstab. Then they show up in (usually) the directories /windows/C, /windows/D and so on. Have a cruise to that location in Nautilus or Dolphin file browser and have a look.

    Failing that, open a console window and execute these two commands and use copy/paste to return back here the dialogue you get in the console window:
    1. sudo /sbin/fdisk -l
    2. cat /etc/fstab
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    swerdna NNTP User

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    Hi prabharathi, welcome to the forums. I moved your post as ab
    suggested.

    In Gnome you might see them in Nautilus --> Computer or KDE in the "My
    Computer" icon on the Desktop.

    Failing that, this might help: Normally the installation program mounts
    the windows partitions permanently bu including a line for each windows
    partition in the file fstab located at /etc/fstab. Then they show up in
    (usually) the directories /windows/C, /windows/D and so on. Have a
    cruise to that location in Nautilus or Dolphin file browser and have a
    look.

    Failing that, open a console window and execute these two commands and
    use copy/paste to return back here the dialogue you get in the console
    window:

    - sudo /sbin/fdisk -l
    - cat /etc/fstab


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    husimon NNTP User

    Default Re: accessing windows partitions ntfs and fat , vista

    Since I have the same Problem as prabharathi, I am enclosing the results of the two commands mentioned by swerdna:
    sxg2:~> sudo /sbin/fdisk -
    Platte /dev/sda: 500.1 GByte, 500107862016 Byte
    255 Kpfe, 63 Sektoren/Spuren, 60801 Zylinder
    Einheiten = Zylinder von 16065 512 = 8225280 Bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000001

    Gert boot. Anfang Ende Blcke Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 20398 163840288+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    Partition 1 endet nicht an einer Zylindergrenze.
    /dev/sda2 20398 34951 116903556+ f W95 Erw. (LBA)
    Partition 2 endet nicht an einer Zylindergrenze.
    /dev/sda3 34952 35449 4000185 82 Linux Swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda4 * 35450 60801 203639940 83 Linux
    /dev/sda5 20398 24342 31683928+ b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda6 27988 31268 26354601 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 31269 34951 29583666 83 Linux
    sxg2:~> cat /etc/fstab
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-SAMSUNG_HD502IJ_S13TJ90QB26111-part3 swap swap defaults 0 0
    UUID=bbfee926-57e1-4e54-a6bd-c630c7ad06be / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
    UUID=fd8c62e5-98ed-4ef0-91ad-e0936f7741d3 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
    UUID=6ff8bc95-7937-421e-b679-560f4e6c3c4a /var ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
    debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
    devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
    The windows/C and windows/D partitions can#t be accessed and lead to error in Dolphin as follows:
    org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.PermissionDeniedByPolicy: org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-fixed auth_admin_keep_always<--(action-result)

    There is apparantly some problem with cylinder boundries on partition 1&2. How can these be fixed? Would that solve the problem. Both boots (XP and Linux) are presently functioning without any hitches, except for access to windows/c & /D.

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    husimon NNTP User

    Default Re: accessing windows partitions ntfs and fat , vista


    Since I have the same Problem as prabharathi, I am enclosing the results
    of the two commands mentioned by swerdna:
    > sxg2:~> sudo /sbin/fdisk -
    > Platte /dev/sda: 500.1 GByte, 500107862016 Byte
    > 255 Kpfe, 63 Sektoren/Spuren, 60801 Zylinder
    > Einheiten = Zylinder von 16065 512 = 8225280 Bytes
    > Disk identifier: 0x00000001
    >
    > Gert boot. Anfang Ende Blcke Id System
    > /dev/sda1 1 20398 163840288+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    > Partition 1 endet nicht an einer Zylindergrenze.
    > /dev/sda2 20398 34951 116903556+ f W95 Erw. (LBA)
    > Partition 2 endet nicht an einer Zylindergrenze.
    > /dev/sda3 34952 35449 4000185 82 Linux Swap /
    > Solaris
    > /dev/sda4 * 35450 60801 203639940 83 Linux
    > /dev/sda5 20398 24342 31683928+ b W95 FAT32
    > /dev/sda6 27988 31268 26354601 83 Linux
    > /dev/sda7 31269 34951 29583666 83 Linux
    > sxg2:~> cat /etc/fstab
    > /dev/disk/by-id/ata-SAMSUNG_HD502IJ_S13TJ90QB26111-part3 swap
    > swap defaults 0 0
    > UUID=bbfee926-57e1-4e54-a6bd-c630c7ad06be / ext3
    > acl,user_xattr 1 1
    > UUID=fd8c62e5-98ed-4ef0-91ad-e0936f7741d3 /home ext3
    > acl,user_xattr 1 2
    > UUID=6ff8bc95-7937-421e-b679-560f4e6c3c4a /var ext3
    > acl,user_xattr 1 2
    > proc /proc proc defaults
    > 0 0
    > sysfs /sys sysfs noauto
    > 0 0
    > debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto
    > 0 0
    > usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto
    > 0 0
    > devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5
    > 0 0


    The windows/C and windows/D partitions can#t be accessed and lead to
    error in Dolphin as follows:
    org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.PermissionDeniedByPolicy:
    org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-fixed
    auth_admin_keep_always<--(action-result)

    There is apparantly some problem with cylinder boundries on partition
    1&2. How can these be fixed? Would that solve the problem. Both boots
    (XP and Linux) are presently functioning without any hitches, except for
    access to windows/c & /D.


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    Default Re: accessing windows partitions ntfs and fat , vista

    Since /windows/c and d are problematic I suggest to ignore them and make two new directories /mnt/sda5 and /mnt/sda1. Then put these two lines in fstab:
    HTML Code:
    /dev/sda5  /mnt/sda5  vfat   users,gid=users,umask=0002,utf8=true 0 0
    /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1   ntfs-3g      defaults    0 0
    The cylinder boundary problem might continue -- try it out and see.
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    swerdna NNTP User

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    Since /windows/c and d are problematic I suggest to ignore them and make
    two new directories /mnt/sda5 and /mnt/sda1. Then put these two lines in
    fstab:
    /dev/sda5 /mnt/sda5 vfat users,gid=users,umask=0002,utf8=true
    0 0
    /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1 ntfs-3g defaults 0 0
    The cylinder boundary problem might continue -- try it out and see.


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    husimon NNTP User

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    Thanks swerdna! sda5 is now available. I wonder, how and where the boundry problem would be hitting me. Partitioning was done using windows-tool like partition-magic before installation of openSUSE. Since installation, that tool wouldn't even start. Any suggestions?

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    husimon NNTP User

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    Thanks swerdna! sda5 is now available. I wonder, how and where the
    boundry problem would be hitting me. Partitioning was done using
    windows-tool like partition-magic before installation of openSUSE. Since
    installation, that tool wouldn't even start. Any suggestions?


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