View Full Version : [xubuntu] partition mount problem

July 20th, 2009, 08:10 PM
I have three operating systems on my computer - Windows xp, Ubuntu 8.10 and Xubuntu 9.04 (This is by accident - when I installed Xubuntu 9.04 I meant to replace the old Ubuntu 8.10 but didn't).

The xp partition with all its files is visible, mountable and fully accessible from Ubuntu 8.10. But not from Xubuntu 9.04 - it doesn't show up in Places and if I try to sudo mount it I get "NTFS signature missing. /dev/sda1 doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS." The sda1 partition is fat32 not ntfs.

How can I get my XP data files accessible from Xubuntu?

Thanks, Ray

July 20th, 2009, 08:20 PM
Did you try to mount it using the type option?


sudo mount -t fat /dev/sda1 /mountpoint

/mountpoint of course being the directory where you want to mount the filesystem.

July 21st, 2009, 08:07 AM
Thanks, but when I tried this I got a message "unknown file system type 'fat' "
Odd, because the system recognises two other drives which are fat-formatted.

July 21st, 2009, 03:32 PM
I believe it should be "vfat" not "fat".