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Offline anishdivakaran

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My opensuse10.2 does not detect the windows partitions.
« on: March 05, 2007, 04:39:59 AM »
I am a very newbie to linux (3 day familiarity). I have installed opensuse10.2 on my new second harddrive of the system as dual booting with windows xp. everything went fine and i could access all the ntfs and fat32 partitions of both harddrives. suse was installed only on a 10 gb space of the second harddrive, the remaining of that harddrive was formatted as 2 or 3 drives with FAT32. suse used two partitions of ext3 of about 5 gb each and a swap drive. i could beautifully access the songs, and also could write to fat32 partitions.

then i decided to combine a few empty partitions of the harddrives via xp. after doing so, however, the grub did not load, it showed some error 15 or so. as i was not knowing how to reload it, i decided to install xp again. after formatting the c drive and installing xp, it could boot, but naturally, did not detect the linux on my last partitions. thus i again booted with suse and formatted the ext3 partitions and installed suse again. now grub is all fine. and i can use it fine.

however, suse no longer detect my other ntfs and fat2  partitions of either of harddirves and i am not able to get the songs loaded or do any other work on other drives. the The sysinfo:/ page shows only the two ext3 partitions and the removable drives. (by the way, via the yast, i changed the boot order in grub to first windows (was second before) and suse to second). can something be done to make the suse detect the other partitions and mount them? if it can be done, then, can i write files to those ntfs partitions also through linux? please help me as i have very limited knowledge of linux.

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My opensuse10.2 does not detect the windows partitions.
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2007, 07:22:25 AM »
I have no experience with SuSe but can you show output of following :

fdisk -l

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My opensuse10.2 does not detect the windows partitions.
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2007, 02:10:21 PM »
This was the result i got when i entered the command fdisk -l in terminal program

linux-3agx:~ # fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1        1275    10241406    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2            1276        2433     9301635    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda3            2434        9729    58605120    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5            2434        7299    39086113+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda6            7300        9729    19518943+   7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/hdb: 80.0 GB, 80060424192 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9733 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdb1   *           1        2550    20482843+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hdb2            2551        9732    57689415    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hdb5            2551        6629    32764536    b  W95 FAT32
/dev/hdb6            6630        8297    13398178+   b  W95 FAT32
/dev/hdb7            8298        8392      763056   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hdb8            8393        9045     5245191   83  Linux
/dev/hdb9            9046        9732     5518296   83  Linux

Disk /dev/sda: 264 MB, 264028160 bytes
4 heads, 32 sectors/track, 4028 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 128 * 512 = 65536 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        4029      257824    b  W95 FAT32
linux-3agx:~ #

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2007, 05:50:19 PM »
Well, suse is able to detect your partitions, may be you need to do manual entries for your partitions in /etc/fstab file .

Post your /etc/fstab here plz.

Offline anishdivakaran

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My opensuse10.2 does not detect the windows partitions.
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2007, 06:30:24 PM »
Hello friend,
Thanks a lot for responding to my queries. After many attempts, i formatted the computer once more and installed windows xp and SuSe again. Now SuSe detects all the drives. However, it can write to FAT32 partitions only. Can u please tell how can we make ntfs volumes writeable by linux?
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2007, 07:20:25 PM »
I am not sure if there is any development in this regards but it was considered dangerous to use NTFS in write mode also, it can render your HDD useless and result in dataloses so it is alrways avoided.