[Techtalk] User mounting of a NTFS partition

Kathryn Marks kathryn.linux at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 00:31:32 UTC 2008

Morning all...

I'm sure the answer to this is "It's not possible", but I thought I'd ask

I have a laptop that has multiple partitions.  My file system is as follows:

sda1 ntfs (for Vista)
sda2 vfat (for shared data)
sda3 swap
  sda5 ext3 (for kubuntu which I rarely use)
  sda6 ext3 (for Fedora my daily OS)
  sda7 ext3 home
  sda8 ext3 tmp

This is what I started with in my /etc/fstab

[kathryn at Galaxy ~]$ cat /etc/fstab
LABEL=/1                /                       ext3    defaults        1 1
LABEL=/tmp1             /tmp                    ext3    defaults        1 2
LABEL=/home             /home                   ext3    defaults        1 2
tmpfs                   /dev/shm                tmpfs   defaults        0 0
devpts                  /dev/pts                devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
sysfs                   /sys                    sysfs   defaults        0 0
proc                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0
LABEL=SWAP-sda3         swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
/dev/sda2               /Data                   vfat    rw,noauto,user  0 0
/dev/sda1               /Vista                  ntfs    rw,noauto,user  0 0

[kathryn at Galaxy ~]$ ls -l /
total 180
drwxr-xr-x  25 kathryn kathryn 16384 1970-01-01 09:00 Data
drwxr-xr-x   2 kathryn kathryn  4096 2008-06-29 16:48 Vista

[kathryn at Galaxy ~]$ mount -f -v /Vista
mount: only root can do that

So upon reading, I decided to try it ro.  Same outcome.  I tried owner
rather than user with the same outcome.  The only way I can mount /Vista is
as root.  And I really don't want to do that.  It's not mission critical.
There isn't *that* much stuff on that partition I would need to access (just
logs from some software I test) and I can always reboot into Vista. So how
can I mount /Vista as myself?

Any thoughts?

With thanks,



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