Can I Mount A Windoze Drive?

Martin Tournoij carpetsmoker at
Sun Feb 18 19:51:25 UTC 2007

On Sun 18 Feb 2007 07:02, Drew Jenkins wrote:
> For some reason, I can no longer mount the Windoze drive! The first time I mounted it, I didn't even change the fstab! I just issued the command:
> mount_ntfs /dev/ad0s1 /mnt/win
> and it mounted! I copied off everything I thought I needed. But when I tried to go back in, that didn't work. So I added the line suggested below to /etc/fstab and I still can't mount it! Rebooting doesn't help. What am I missing?
> TIA,
> Drew
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Martin Tournoij <carpetsmoker at>
> To: freebsd-questions at
> Cc: drewjenkinsjr at
> Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2007 3:10:22 AM
> Subject: Re: Can I Mount A Windoze Drive?
> On Sat 17 Feb 2007 13:02, Drew Jenkins wrote:
> > Newbie question here. I just want to make sure I don't screw anything up. I have two hard drives in my for Windoze, one for FBSD. Can I mount the former from FBSD and copy over files? Do I navigate it just like a FBSD disk..."cd", "cp", etc?
> > TIA,
> > Drew
> FreeBSD comes with a readonly ntfs driver.
> Assuming your windows partition is ad0s1
> mount_ntfs /dev/ad0s1 /mnt/win
> fstab entry:
> /dev/ad0s1 /mnt/win ntfs  ro,noauto 0 0
> You can then copy stuff, for example:
> cp /mnt/win/Documents\ and\ Settings/carpetsmoker/Desktop ~/
> If you want read support, you might want to try ntfsprogs
> (sysutils/ntfsprogs), which has some basic (EXPERIMENTAL!) read
> support.

Does mount give some kind error?

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