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> Access to Win 98, Win XP hard disks, How to automatically mount & access
rlayman
post May 5 2006, 10:00 PM
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I am a newbie to Linux, running Ubuntu Dapper Beta on a hard disk in a box with two other hard disks: one is a bootable WinXP Pro hard disk, the other a bootable Win98 hard disk.

These disks show up in the list of hardware, but are not visible to me unless i go through the System>Administration>Disks menu and "Change" the access path in Advanced dialogue. Then, when I select "Enable" I can browse the disk. But everything on it is "read-only"

I have several questions:
1. Can I make the disks visible automatically, each time I run Ubuntu Linux?
2. Can I globally set their file properties to read/write? I have tried to do this using various commands in terminal mode, and I have also tried to change the owner of the disks, but no changes of any kind are allowed because the disks are owned by 'root". How do I log in as "root" or become the disk's owner?

Any help is appreciated!

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post May 8 2006, 03:50 PM
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I've investigated further and found that, even if I boot Linux in recovery mode and, as "root", modify the permissions using the chmod command on the two other hard drives, the permissions are changed back to "read only" during the following Gnome session. I guess that there's some sort of automatic re-configuring of the hard drive permissions, but I don't know where to find or set these values.

Anybody have a suggestion?
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post May 8 2006, 06:38 PM
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I am not real familar with Ubuntu but you need to edit the /etc/fstab file and add an entry for each filesystem. For FAT32 i.e win98
/dev/hda2 /mnt/win98 vfat umask=000 0 0
and windows XP (assuming NTFS)
/dev/hda1 /mnt/winXP ntfs umask=222 0 0

Change the device IDs ( i.e. /dev/hda1) and mount points to match your system. IMHO writing to NTFS is supposed to be fairly decent in the 2.6.15 kernel but I would stick to using it on a data partition not the the main OS.
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