Copying data from NTFS drive

Stephen R Laniel steve at
Tue Oct 25 20:16:45 UTC 2005

On Tue, Oct 25, 2005 at 03:09:02PM -0500, Charles Malespin wrote:
>    I recently had a hard drive failure running XP and hoary.  I got a
> new hard drive and installed breezy fine.  Now I would like to mount my
> old hard drive and take the usable data(ie music etc) off of it and save
> it to my new drive.  I think(key word there....) I know how to do it for
> copying stuff from my bad hoary to my new breezy, but I dont know how to
> do it with the Windows XP side.  Its an NTFS partition and I have read
> that you can only read from them.  Is there a way to move data from the
> windows hard drive to breezy?  Thanks, 

It may be true that you can only read from NTFS partitions,
not write to them, but fortunately all you want to do here
is read from them. Here's what you want to do:

1) Attach the old drive to your machine somehow. It should
   be auto-mounted, such that when you look in dmesg you see
   something like '/dev/hda' or '/dev/sda'.

2) Create a mount point for your Windows partition. I
   recommend putting it in /mnt -- e.g.,

   sudo mkdir /mnt/windows

3) Do an fstab on the drive you found in step 1, to see
   which specific partition is the NTFS one:

   sudo fstab -l /dev/hda

   (for instance)

4) Mount the partition to the mount point you created:

   sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows

   (for instance)

See if that does the trick for you.

Stephen R. Laniel
steve at
+(617) 308-5571
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