Originally posted by Alex_gregory_uk
I have just installed Fedora on my second hard drive. I normally use Windows XP.
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Secondly the reason for installing fedora was so that when windows crashes (quite often with me) I will be able to get to my files on my main hard drive. Neither operating system shows the other drive, how do I go about this please?
What I have done to access Windows 98 FAT32 partitions (known as VFAT in linux) from Linux is to
1. Create a new directory in Linux - let's say mnt/winc (for windows c: drive) - name only so easy to remember
2. MOUNT (look at MAN page for description of the options for this command) the /dev/hda (or whatever the windows disk partition is seen as by Linux) on to the new directory you have created in step 1.
3. For permanent mount of windows partition on linux, update etc/fstab file (again look on Web for description of required format of entry).
Win XP is probably created with NTFS / HPFS disk partition organisation (I think these are the same) in order to support large disks and large partition sizes.
Also .. this NTFS disk partition type is NOT supported natively in Linux HOWEVER, I did read somewhere there is a (kernel?) patch to provide this NTFS support in Linux and the format of the MOUNT is probably identical to what is described above but with NTFS replacing VFAT.
Never tried it myself. Let us know if this is relevant to you and how you get on.