Accessing the Windows partition from Linux

If it is required to access some information on a file which is sited on a Windows partition and the user is currently working on Linux, then the user needs to access the Windows partition. This tip illustrates a way to access the Windows partition from Linux.
  1. Assume that user has two partitions on hda1 and hda5 as c: and d: respectively and the system is a dual boot system with Linux and Windows.
  2. Create a folder in /mnt directory depending upon requirement.
    # mkdir /mnt/win_c
    # mkdir /mnt/win_d
  3. Now map the windows partition in to the specified directory.
    # mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c
    # mount /dev/hda5 /mnt/win_d
  4. To get the windows partitions mounted automatically during booting of Linux, make the entries of both the windows partitions in /etc/fstab file. This will mount the partitions during booting.

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This was first published in June 2001

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