"Inveniam viam aut faciam" : I will either
find a way, or I shall make one
PARTITIONS IN LINUX
Who wants to take a swing at the
champ? The aggressor swings left, he ducks, misses! Another blow
evaded, and another! Linux is unbeatable!! But wait! Here comes the
killer blow! Linux cannot move fast enough to avoid it! Mounting NTFS
partitions in read-write mode. It connects well and Linux falls to the
floor and the ref. begins the countdown. 10... 9... 8...
As yet, there is no Linux proper
way of mounting NTFS partitions in Linux in a read-write mode, the
reasons this has not yet been taken care of is “I dunno”
maybe it's all a great conspiracy, who cares. All I cared about was
that I has to back up a guy's documents (winXP OS) and ALL I had
available at the time was a PC running mandrake 10.1
To my horror, I found out
that Linux could MOUNT the drive but not WRITE to it... with deadline
fast approaching, I needed a way out FAST (quick, quick, like a stick,
stick, I should really not take up hip-hop) So after some google
searching I found out that there are some tools out there that
help mount NTFS partitions in read-write mode under Linux. A few of
them by the looks of it. I chose the one that caught my eye, a certain captive ntfs by Jan Kratochvil. You
can find it here: http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive.
Despite the numerous warnings about this program being based on reverse
engineering techniques, and being experimental and potential permanent
damage to the hard drive bla, bla, bla I downloaded it anyway, so you
have been warned, only play with this tool if you do not hold your life
in high regard. I got hold of the source files even though there were
numerous RPM's available. after ungzipping the files, I found that
there was no need for a ./make
&& ./make install section, there is just a ./install and an ./uninstall script in the folder.
(pretty self explanatory I hope)
So you run ./install in a
prompt and after the install is complete, it warns you about it having
to scan for files or whatever using the 'captive-install-acquire' option
this is to get some microsoft .exe's and .sys files. Namely cdfs.sys, ext2fsd.sys, fastfat.sys, ntfs.sys,
and ntoskrnl.exe, right off
the bat, my mandrake installation provided for the first 3 files, so
all I needed was ntfs.sys and
ntoskrnl.exe, and this the
program can find the files FOR you (you lazy bastard) so this I rate is
a SERIOUSLY cool option. If the program finds nothing, you can also
specify file location, fortunately for me I had the user's drive that
needed to be backed up plugged in and mounted, so it had a good scour
through that and pulled the necessary files. This is done on a very
user friendly gui that pop's up right after you type in the captive-install-acquire option.
there is even an option that lets you download the files from the net
(of course you have to promise you're legal and that you CAN download
these files because you are a good boy).
So after all that you are ready to
mount your drives!! you can do this by using this mount command:
captive-ntfs (your device here eg. /dev/hda1) (your mount here eg.
...and off you go. It's pretty
And now a word of warning.. this
software REALLY is very experimental... during my days of playing with
the stuff, I found out that after a while, your OS really will corrupt
and die if you play with it too much. THIS TYPE OF WRITING IS DANGEROUS
but I will keep you all informed because this is a SERIOUSLY cool thing
to do in linux, and I would rather get caught with SOME CLOTHES ON than
NONE AT ALL, so I say as soon as this prog sorts itself out, Linux will
have taken a big swing at Micro$oft.
Ding! And the winner by T.K.O. is...