View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu cannot see NTFS files

November 24th, 2008, 04:40 AM

I'm using Ubuntu 8.10 by booting from a disk, it is not installed on my hardrive.I'm trying to access my main NTFS file system in order to backup a couple of files before reinstalling XP.

I followed the following tutorial to the T:

However, while I can access the drive without an error, I cannot see the files. I know they are there, it says that there is a 26Gb free space out of the total 130gb. How can I access the files to backup?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance,

November 24th, 2008, 05:09 AM
You should be seeing the contents of your NTFS drive but try pressing ctrl + H to show hidden files

November 24th, 2008, 06:12 AM
I tried ctrl h as per your suggestion, but it didn't do much either.

November 24th, 2008, 08:48 AM
What is the output of
fdisk -l ?

November 27th, 2008, 03:33 AM
What is the output of
fdisk -l ?

Hi, I don't think the command worked:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ fdisk -1
fdisk: invalid option -- '1'

Usage: fdisk [-b SSZ] [-u] DISK Change partition table
fdisk -l [-b SSZ] [-u] DISK List partition table(s)
fdisk -s PARTITION Give partition size(s) in blocks
fdisk -v Give fdisk version
Here DISK is something like /dev/hdb or /dev/sda
and PARTITION is something like /dev/hda7
-u: give Start and End in sector (instead of cylinder) units
-b 2048: (for certain MO disks) use 2048-byte sectors

I apologize for the long wait for a reply, my laptop just got back from Geek Squad as it was being backed up for me.


November 27th, 2008, 03:52 AM
Hmm, well it's too bad you weren't able to do it. You could've tried installing the ntfs-3g package. I did that and can read/write NTFS perfectly.

November 27th, 2008, 04:23 AM
Also, if you look at your post (sc4s2cg), you will see that you tried to run 'fdisk -1' instead of 'fdisk -l.' That last character is a letter l, not a number 1.