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    Mounting an ext4 drive on Intrepid

    Hi, I'm still on Intrepid because I want to use the proprietary drivers for my graphics card which was dropped after Intrepid.
    Anyway I have an ext4 partition on my computer from my last install and I want to be able to mount it on Intrepid without having to move all the data off of it and formatting it to ext3. What are my options?

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    Re: Mounting an ext4 drive on Intrepid

    Locate the harddrive on the disc:
    Code:
    df -h
    Mount your harddrive partition to a mountpoint on the disc (where sda would be changed to your choice):
    Code:
    mount -t ext3 /dev/[sda] /mnt/
    Change to the mounted directory:
    Code:
    cd /mnt
    where you can copy the files from the partition you need to keep.
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    Re: Mounting an ext4 drive on Intrepid

    Code:
    david@hpdv5000:~$ sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/sda2 /mnt/datadisk
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda2
    Would I have a hardtime building a new kernel with ext4 support?

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    Re: Mounting an ext4 drive on Intrepid

    You can do it. I had to do it just now, because I'm backing up an old server onto an external disk and the only external disks I have are ext4.

    The trick to it I found is here: mounting ext4 on intrepid. The key command to look at there is using the tune2fs -E test_fs /dev/sd__ to enable experimental FS mods.

    I have no idea how reliable this is. I hope it works well enough that I can get the files off securely, that's all.

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