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Linux Beginner question (Fedora Core 2)...

hi, during the installation, i can see that my data partition (FAT32) is hda5, but i'm not sure what it mean and i do nothing on it (i assume it is readable by fedora). but when i am running the fedora, i can't find the drive...
so do i need to reinstall the OS again and mount the hda5 to read the data inside it? or how do i make the partition readable by linux?

i'm running dual OS currently, if i mount the hda5 to linux, can it still be access by windows?

i am new to linux, and i have just installed the os about 8 hours ago (midnight)... so plz help me!

tks in advanced!
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Harisha M GCommented:
Hi, hda5 is the name given to the partition

Read this:
http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/mounting.html
and this:
http://www.techonthenet.com/linux/mount.php



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InNoCenT_Ch1ldAuthor Commented:
does that mean that all i need to do is type this in my shell:

mount -t vfat /dev/hda5 /mnt          ??
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Harisha M GCommented:
Yes.
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InNoCenT_Ch1ldAuthor Commented:
try later, will close this question tomorrow ;-)
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Harisha M GCommented:
OK.. Good luck with your Linux exploration :)
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InNoCenT_Ch1ldAuthor Commented:
>>Good luck with your Linux exploration :)

tks ;-)
but i feel that its a bit tougher than what i have expected... especially with all these mount thing, shell-script...
btw, can you go take a look at my other question about usb drive?
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Linux/Q_21904312.html ;-)
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Harisha M GCommented:
Sorry.. I don't know anything about pen drives :(
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InNoCenT_Ch1ldAuthor Commented:
nevermind then ;-)
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rindiCommented:
No, don't use

mount -t vfat /dev/hda5 /mnt

/mnt mount is the root of the mount folder, and you should never mount something directly into that. First check if there is a /mnt/hda5 folder, and if not, create that folder first. Then do

mount -t vfat /dev/hda5 /mnt/hda5

And that would mount your partition into the correct folder. If you want it to be mounted automatically or often, you should also add this to your /etc/fstab file:

/dev/hda5    /mnt/hda5    vfat    auto,defaults    0  0

or

/dev/hda5    /mnt/hda5    vfat    noauto,defaults    0  0

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