This page will help you access NTFS from Linux, and access Ext2/Ext3 from Windows.

One important note...  if XP/NT crashes, the C: drive (and possibly others) will not be available in linux the next time you boot.  This is because Windows XP/NT flags the drive as "crashed" or "in use" - the drive is locked, for your protection.  You will have to boot in to XP/NT at least one time, successfully, then reboot - and finally linux will be able to access your NTFS drive(s) again.

Access your Windows NTFS driives in Linux

You will need to build/install FUSE first, then NTFS-3G.

Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) 2.7.1 --- New 10/16/07

Website:  http://fuse.sourceforge.net/

fuse-2.7.1.tar.gz (Local) / fuse-2.7.1.tar.gz (Remote)

Extract to a new folder.

Open a terminal in the new folder:

Note: this is an updated ./configure command for FUSE.

./configure --exec-prefix=/ && make && sudo make install

NTFS-3G 1.1120 --- New 11/20/07

Website:  http://ntfs-3g.org/


ntfs-3g-1.1120.tgz (Local) / ntfs-3g-1.1120.tgz (Remote)

Extract to a new folder.

Open a terminal in the new folder:

./configure && make && sudo make install

Test your setup...

mkdir /mnt/win1
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdc1 /mnt/win1

I am using /dev/sdc1 here just as an example.  You will have to use YaST Hardware Information to verify what your drive device listings are.

After the mount command, open Konqueror.  On the left side click the red folder icon for "Root Folder" view.  Open the /mnt folder and then open the /mnt/win1 folder.  If you can see your files, the mount command worked.  If not, try issuing more mount commands until you can access your Windows drive.

If you have multiple Windows drives, keep using the mkdir command:

mkdir /mnt/win2

Use the mount command to access your other drives.

Write down the exact mount command(s) that you used to successfully mount your drives.

Grr, when I reboot, my win1/win2 folders are empty...  the mounts are gone!  WTF!

This is normal, you have to add your "mounts" to fstab.


kate /etc/fstab

At the bottom, add your mounts.

These are what I had to use, but this shows the format that you will need to use:

/dev/sdc1   /mnt/win1   ntfs-3g   defaults 0 0
/dev/sda1   /mnt/win2   ntfs-3g   defaults 0 0

Reboot and then look in your /mnt/win1 and /mnt/win2 folders.

You should now have full access to your Windows drives every time you boot into Linux.

You can also make shortcuts/links to these mount points in your HOME folder so you don't have to go looking for them all the time.

Access your Linux Ext2/Ext3 partitions in Windows

Ext2 Installable File System For Windows

Very simple Windows installer...  have fun.  Note:  does NOT run on Windows Vista.  Don't hold your breath (for Vista support), the last update was on November 20, 2006.

Website:  http://www.fs-driver.org/


Ext2IFS_1_10c.exe (Local) / Ext2IFS_1_10c.exe (Remote)