Windows 2000 File System (HPFS)

Posted on 2001-07-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Hi there
I have just installed linux on my pc (now there is dual boot linux and windows 2000)
I need to mount the windows partition
and all it says file system not supported by kernel,
how do i get my kernel to support the win 2000 file system (ntfs/hpfs)? I am a new to this linux
Question by:TinasheC
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olidel earned 20 total points
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     You need to compile a new kernel. You can download the latest version from When you install the source it will be in /usr/src/linux. From there and under X you must do e.g. make xconfig. You will have a screen with all the section and topics to configure a new kernel. You should have a section called file system. In there, you should have something like NTFS just check this option as a module or inside the kernel. You just have to configure your new kernel with make dep, make modules, make modules_install, make bzImage, make install. Be careful, i advice you to keep your old kernel, of course the default option that you have with are probably not the default option of your running kernel, so maybe you can find somewhere on your distro (depending of what it is) a file called .config which should contains all the parameters of your current running kernel, at that time you will be able to copy it in /usr/src/linux and you will need just to change the NTFS option in make xconfig.

  Anyway, I can tell you that NTFS with linux will be READ ONLY I believe that there is a READ/WRITE option for NTFS but this is highly experimental, so if you want to keep you win2000 partition in a good shape, it will be better to avoid to play with it...

  Besides that, i advice you to read the kernel HOW-TO at the following address  because the steps i gave you are the main steps.

Hope this help,

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ID: 6343686
Yes, olidel is right, the NTFS has to be compiled into kenel.
You also mention HPFS filesystem. With standard installation of
RedHat 7.1 you get a module hpfs.o. So if you'd be happy with hpfs only then install the module with ' modprobe hpfs '.

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ID: 6364465
HPFS is named as High Performance file system used in IBM OS/2 10 years ago.

As Olidel said, NTFS on Linux is read only. If you need to write access in Linux, you need install FAT.

Expert Comment

ID: 6396230
FYI... NT 2000 doesn't support HPFS (NT4 did).....

Partition Magic can change NTFS to FAT (I think)

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