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My system is on dual boot. I have installed both RHEL 6 and win7 in it. I use RHEL mostly and I want to use my windows' NTFS drive in RHEL. How can I do it? Tell me the procedure.

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A very similar question seems to have been answered over at Super User.


Hope that helps.


If you wanted to mount sda3 your command would look like this:

mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda3 /mnt/windows

For more information on ntfs-3g check out the site here.

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Install the fuse ntfs-3g package (if not available download it, remember your OS type 64-bit or 32-bit)

You must be logged in as root for the below command to work :

# yum install ntfs-3g

if yum is not configured install it by using rpm command.

Entering the below commands would help you determine the name of an NTFS partition :

# fdisk -l /dev/sda
# fdisk -l /dev/sdb

It is essential to load the fuse driver. The below command should help you do that :

 # modprobe fuse

Now using the below command you must build a mount point:

 # mkdir /mnt/ntfs

The following command would help you with mounting the ntfs partition :

 # mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/ntfs

This is a temporary mounting only, if you reboot your pc the mount point will be lost. To mount it permanently, you need to edit the /etc/fstab configuration file.

# vim /etc/fstab

in the file

ex: # device name   mount point     fs-type      options                 
/dev/sda6          /mnt/ntfs        ntfs-3g      auto          0 0     

clear explanation for each column:

  • device name - your partition name ex: /dev/sda6

  • mount point - where u mount u r partition ex: /mnt/ntfs

  • fs-type - your file system type ex: ntfs-3g (if u give ntfs, may be it is not work)

  • option - Ex:auto (if not work give it is defaults)

last two columns same as 0 0

Hope it will work.

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I don't have RHEL, but yum install fuse-ntfs-3g should work AFAIK.

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Newer version is just named ntfs-3g, but yours still works. Better is sudo yum install ntfs-3g ntfsprogs. – Joe Internet Jul 19 '11 at 15:44

Only Few Packages which needs to be Installed and You are done.

  1. Install and configure the EPEL Repository

    wget http://epel.mirror.net.in/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
    rpm -Uvh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
  2. Install the packages related to NTFS Mount:

    yum -y install ntfs-3g ntfsprogs
  3. Attach NTFS drive and find and mount partition:

    mount /dev/sda4 /etc/windows_ntfs

    Make sure before that "windows_ntfs" folder is created inside the etc folder

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Please add the missing part @siva-s-tenet – polym Aug 4 '14 at 9:10
@polym You can directly double click the drive or mount it to some folder – Siva S Tenet Aug 4 '14 at 12:19

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