opened once mounted. The third column lists the format in which data is stored
on this disk. The fourth column lists some parameters used for mounting the
disk. The last two columns are 0 0 unless the disk to be mounted is your
Now first we must find which file in /dev denotes our windows hard disk.
Generally this is /dev/hda1 if the Windows Hard Disk is your primary master
disk. It is /dev/hdc1 if the Windows Hard Disk is your primary slave disk
We must now create a mount point , or a directory in which the drive will
be opened when mounted. Open the console.
mkdir /mnt/hda1 (For most users)
mkdir /mnt/hdc1 (For those rare few who have a windows as primary slave
Data on a windows hard disk is stored in fat32 or fat format which is
denoted by \\\'vfat\\\' in linux. So now lets edit the /etc/fstab file which we
have opened in the text editor. Make a new entry which should look like this
/dev/hda1---- /mnt/hda1---- vfat---- sw---- 0 0
/dev/hdc1---- /mnt/hdc1---- vfat---- sw---- 0 0
so that the above values are in line with the other columns
Depending upon whether you have selected /dev/hda1 or /dev/hdc1 ( If you
went wrong in this selection, it would not harm your hard disk so if u dont
succeed, try using the other one. Try to keep the columns formatted i.e.
Perfectly one below the other just as shown abov. Now save the /etc/fstab
Open the console and type :
This should give you a list of the files in your Windows
drive. Now you can create a shortcut to the windows disk on your desktop
cp -l /mnt/hda1 /home/aarjav/Desktop
And thus you have mounted your Windows drive.So friends,
Happy Riding till we meet again. Bye !
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