Mount NTFS from "Live" system?
Ronald F. Guilmette
rfg at tristatelogic.com
Wed Nov 29 21:33:01 UTC 2017
In message <37725.1511844646 at segfault.tristatelogic.com>, I wrote:
>I just now installed 11.1-RELEASE on a USB stick and booted from
>that into the "Live" mode, and I was hoping to use that to try
>my test(s) again on the (possibly failing) harddrive, but it
>seems like maybe in Live mode there is no way to mount NTFS
>filesystems. Bummer. :-(
>Is that actually true? Is there an easy/fast way around it?
>P.S. Should I maybe file a PR, suggesting the enhancement that
>the "ntfs-3g" tool be included in the Live mode image? (It
>really does seems a pity if it ain't in there.)
It was suggested to me that I ought to post a follow-up / post mortem
regarding this issue, just to close out the topic.
Bottom line: After much fiddling and gnashing of teeth, it turned out
that I had a failed/failing harddrive. The specific one that failed...
in a rather odd way... was a 3-year-old out-of-warranty WD "blue" 320GB 2.5"
laptop drive that I'd been using on occasion as a scratch drive. (I've
got these clever things called Kinwin KF-255-BK "trayless" hot-swap bays
on the front on my systems that let me easily insert or remove a 2.5"
or 3.5" drive any time I want.)
Anyway, the drive was failing, but I didn't know it because it just
started to get real real slow. The fact that it was failing was ultimately
confirmed by attempting to run the built-in "long" form firmware diagnostics.
That should have taken only about 1 hour to run. I left it running overnight,
and it -never- finished. The drive is now in my e-waste pile.
I have -never- had any WD "black" drive fail on me, but I don't believe
that I'll be buying any more of the "blue" ones. (The fact that this one
failed is rather inexplicable, because even though it was 3 years old,
it had less than 1,000 power-on hours on it, and less than 200 power-ups.)
In this case, having a FreeBSD "live" system with support for NTFS may
perhaps not have gotten me to the ultimate resolution of the problem any
faster, but I still do think that it would be a Good Idea to include the
ntfs-3g thingy in the normative release images... because you never know
when this might be a great help.
Then again, perhaps if I had just started with a mini/memstick image then
I could perhaps have loaded ntfs-3g, over the net, into the "live" system.
Would that have worked? I dunno. I didn't try it. Does anybody know?
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