Mount NTFS / Ext2 / Ext3 / FAT 16 / FAT 32 in Solaris

I often get queries about mounting NTFS / Ext2 / Ext3 /  FAT 16 /  FAT 32 partions in Solaris .  Follow the below steps . Note that its only read-only support for NTFS / Ext2 / Ext3 .

 \* Download packages
FSWpart
FSWfsmisc

   Note these are packages for x86 Solaris .

 \* unzip the packages and install it

root~#gzcat FSWpart.tar.gz | tar xvf -

root~#gzcat FSWfsmisc.tar.gz | tar xvf -

root~#pkgadd -d . FSWpart

root~#pkgadd -d . FSWfsmisc

 \* Now run the prtpart tool

root~#/usr/sbin/prtpart

It would result in following output
root~#/usr/sbin/prtpart


Fdisk information for device /dev/rdsk/c1d0p0

Block Size : 512 bytes
Controller : ide
Disk       : cmdk
Capacity   : 74 GB

#  start block  # nblocks    startCylSecHd endCylSecHd   OSType
 1: 0000000063   0006152832     0/ 1/ 1    7e/7f/fe      Diagnostic
 2: 0006152895   0025173855    7f/41/ 0    ff/ff/fe      WIN95 FAT32(LBA)
 3: 0031328640   0052432128    ff/ff/fe    ff/ff/fe      Solaris x86
 4: 0083760830   0072535555    ff/ff/fe    ff/ff/fe      DOS Extended

  #  start block  # nblocks    startCylSecHd endCylSecHd   OSType
   5: 0000000001   0031407012    ff/ff/fe    ff/ff/fe      Linux native
   0: 0031407013   0001994202    ff/ff/fe    ff/ff/fe      DOS Extended

    #  start block  # nblocks    startCylSecHd endCylSecHd   OSType
     6: 0000000063   0001994139    ff/ff/fe    ff/ff/fe      Linux swap
     0: 0033401215   0039134340    ff/ff/fe    ff/ff/fe      DOS Extended

      #  start block  # nblocks    startCylSecHd endCylSecHd   OSType
       7: 0000000063   0039134277    ff/ff/fe    ff/ff/fe      WIN95 FAT32(Upto 2047GB)


Now note the disk id. In the above example its "/dev/rdsk/c1d0p0"

 Now run

root~#/usr/sbin/prtpart /dev/rdsk/c1d0p0 -ldevs

Fdisk information for device /dev/rdsk/c1d0p0

\*\* NOTE \*\*
/dev/dsk/c1d0p0      - Physical device referring to entire physical disk
/dev/dsk/c1d0p1 - p4 - Physical devices referring to the 4 primary partitions
/dev/dsk/c1d0p5 ...  - Virtual devices referring to logical partitions

Virtual device names can be used to access EXT2 and NTFS on logical partitions

/dev/dsk/c1d0p1 Diagnostic
/dev/dsk/c1d0p2 WIN95 FAT32(LBA)
/dev/dsk/c1d0p3 Solaris x86
/dev/dsk/c1d0p4 DOS Extended
/dev/dsk/c1d0p5 Linux native
/dev/dsk/c1d0p6 Linux swap
/dev/dsk/c1d0p7 WIN95 FAT32(Upto 2047GB)

The above command scan you hard-disk and displays all available filesystems. Note the required filesystems to be mounted.

To mount NTFS partition use

root~#mount -F ntfs  /dev/dsk/c1d0p<number> /mnt/windows

To mount FAT 16 /  FAT 32 partition use

root~#mount -F pcfs  /dev/dsk/c1d0p<number> /mnt/windows

if the above command fails you can try the below option

root~#prtpart /dev/dsk/c1d0p0 -fat

the above command should list the available PCFS / FAT partitions in colon notation, then use the same for mounting (eg)

root~#mount -F pcfs  /dev/dsk/c1d0p0:d /mnt/windows

To mount Ext2 / Ext3 partitions use

root~#mount -F ext2fs /dev/dsk/c1d0p<number> /mnt/linux

To unmount a partition use "umount <directory>"

root~#umount /mnt/linux

Comments:

what about reiserfs? my problem is that i've 160gigs of it, and no way to backup and copy after zpooling it. (i've that 160 disk and one 40gigs) maybe in the future, fuse on solaris:)

Posted by bandy on July 15, 2007 at 09:26 PM PDT #

Great! Thank-you! That was just what I wanted.

I just installed my new laptop with Solaris Developer Express (gotta get an updated image -- Live Upgrade pending :) ), considered rebooting to copy files earlier downloaded to windoze drive to a memory stick then thought I'd quickly Google just on the off-chance...
up pops your perfectly paced post!
Thanks.

Posted by Rupert on July 18, 2007 at 08:53 AM PDT #

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