mount a NT partition

Rob Tanner rtanner at
Sun Oct 22 15:17:55 GMT 2000

--On 10/22/00 12:06:38 PM +0200 Urban Widmark <urban at> 

> On Sat, 21 Oct 2000, Rob Tanner wrote:
>> > What file system is the NT FS? FAT or NTFS? I was adviced not to
>> > mount NTFS system on to Linux. They are ok to be mounted in
>> > readonly mode but not in readwrite mode.
>> >
>> > Please correct me if that is not an issue now.
>> >
>> Unless I've just been lucky, it's not a problem (or not a problem
>> anymore).  I'm the local perl guru (and have been much more
>> successful
> There seems to be some confusion here.
> Mounting fat or ntfs on a remote machine over smbfs does not make
> anything more or less dangerous/likely to fail. The potentially
> dangerous operation is mounting a local ntfs partition (ie on a dual
> boot machine) read-write.
> /Urban

Oh!  You're right, I was answering the wrong question.

I was using dual boot for a while and tried it.  On redhat you're 
perfectly safe, however.  The kernel as built in the distribution, 
doesn't recognize NTFS, so you'd have to rebuild it with the additional 
drivers to mount it anyway.  A better solution is VMWare.  With VMWare, 
both Linux and Windows run simultaneously and you can use SAMBA to 
share common file space.  Moreover, even though the VMWare virtual 
machine is just 4 Linux processes, the NT that I'm running inside that 
VM is fully on the network and is a full participant in the local 
domain.  And best of all, I don't like dual boots and now I don't have 
any reason to have to.

-- Rob

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  Rob Tanner
  UNIX and Networks Manager
  Linfield College, McMinnville OR
  (503) 434-2558 <rtanner at>

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