Cant mount other partitions

Honesty, I installed Suse and installed KDE4.
I go to my desktop… configure and theme it… all the new stuff to getting setup… except for one thing.
I can’t access my other partition in the file browser…
I have some packages on the other partitions that could probably be used by the distro but I cant reach them because the partitions wont load.
I tried the Partitioner suggestion but I dont want to risk altering ruining my partitions.
Is there any way I can get to my other partitions, and browse them, without making changes to them?

(I have other OSes on them too)

does anybody know of a solution?
I’m very curious to know.

Nevermind: for anybody as a future reference… you have to log in as root and then mount your drives

You have to mount those partitions!

Mount is to attach another file system (device or partition) to the active accessible file system (which is the one you are working on)In order for your present opensuse to know where to attach (aka mount point) the partition in your case you have to informe it.

  1. you have to create a directory where the file system is going to be mount it (mount point) for example open a terminal (Alt-F2 then type xterm)

$ mkdir mnt_oldsuse
This will be the mount point /home/youUser/mnt_oldsuse

  1. You must know which is the partition you want to mount.
    If you do not know it in the same terminal become root (su)

#fdisk -l
#fdisk -l | col -b | lpr
if you want to have a print out.

suppose your partition is /dev/sdc2

  1. Now let’s mount it:

mount -o ro -t auto /dev/sdc2 /home/youUser/mnt_oldsuse

  1. cd to /home/youUser/mnt_oldsuse and do an ls and all should be there. Of course you can use the file manager.

  2. Few points:

ro means read only so you will not screw… anything until you are familiar. You can changes it to rw (read and write)

-t auto is the file type. if you know the file type like ext3 etc you can use it to replace auto.

This mounting will last only for the session. If you want it to mount permanently then you have to add it to the /etc/fstab file.
My preference when I am using like in your case as a temporary way to transfer files from an old version to a new one is not to have permanently.

To unmount it is easier

umount -v /dev/sdc2

You can always use the
$man mount
$man unmount
for more info.


If the filesystem is ntfs try ntfs-config.

Its a little tool (available in the repos) that recognizes and mounts all ntfs partitions on your system and even gives write permissions.