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    Default Can't open windows hard drive

    Hi, I just installed SUSE 11.1 and I wanted to open my windows HD. When I open up My Computer, I can see my other drives there, and I can open them, but I can't open the one that has Vista installed on it. I thought it was a permission problem so I logged in as root and I still couldnt get it. Do I have to set permissions or share something from vista before I can access it in SUSE? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Can't open windows hard drive

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    Default Re: Can't open windows hard drive

    If you can't figure it - give us some detail and the result of

    Code:
    cat /etc/fstab
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    Here is my FSTAB:


    Code:
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22A8B0_WD-WCASY2676177-part5 swap     swap       defaults              0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22A8B0_WD-WCASY2676177-part6 /     ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 1
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22A8B0_WD-WCASY2676177-part7 /home     ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 2
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22A8B0_WD-WCASY2676177-part1 /windows/C     ntfs-3g    users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22YFA0_WD-WCAS86865779-part1 /windows/D     ntfs-3g    users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
    proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0
    sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                0 0
    debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                0 0
    devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5       0 0
    It doesnt make sense because the Windows/C drive settings are exactly like the Windows/D drive. Only I can't open the D drive, only the C.

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    If it's these two
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22A8B0_WD-WCASY2676177-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22YFA0_WD-WCAS86865779-part1 /windows/D ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0


    Change to

    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22A8B0_WD-WCASY2676177-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g defaults 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22YFA0_WD-WCAS86865779-part1 /windows/D ntfs-3g defaults 0 0

    Reboot
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    If it's these two
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22A8B0_WD-WCASY2676177-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22YFA0_WD-WCAS86865779-part1 /windows/D ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0


    Change to

    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22A8B0_WD-WCASY2676177-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g defaults 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD5000AAJS-22YFA0_WD-WCAS86865779-part1 /windows/D ntfs-3g defaults 0 0

    Reboot
    Did that, still nothing.

    I checked to make sure the settings stuck. I also checked /media/Windows D. Its a blank folder.

    I just booted up to vista so I know the files are still here. Any other suggestions?

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    Default Re: Can't open windows hard drive

    This problem is often related to an unplanned shutdown of the NTFS drives. You probably need to do one of the following:
    reboot into windows and alllow it to run chkdsk or run it yourself
    or add the option "force" into the mount command in fstab so it looks like this:
    Code:
    ......etc etc..........part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g defaults,force 0 0
    For more on resetting the so-called "dirty" bit see this tutorial:
    HowTo Mount NTFS Filesystem Partition Read Write Access in openSUSE 10, 11
    in particular look at the sections: The Force Option and Failed Mounts -- Resetting the "dirty" bit
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    Booting in to windows and doing the check seemed to work. Should I add the "force" in the file just in case it happens again? Or will it be okay now do you think?

    Thanks for the help Swerdna, you're as always a valuble asset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HolyShnikes View Post
    Booting in to windows and doing the check seemed to work. Should I add the "force" in the file just in case it happens again? Or will it be okay now do you think?
    I would leave it out -- it's better to use microsoft's method for clearing the "dirty" bit, and the "force" parameter as a last resort. IIRC the force parameter will not be available in the ntfs-3g driver that comes in openSUSE 11.2 because it has been replaced by something else (can't remember what)
    Thanks for the help Swerdna, you're as always a valuble asset.
    It's my pleasure -- and thanks for the compliment.
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