Mounting a Windows NTFS partition in Linux

How to access Windows files stored on an NTFS partition from Linux. The following tutorial explains how to gain access to a Windows NTFS partition using Linux. Reading or accessing NTFS partitions in Linux is important for many reasons. Some users repair Windows Operating environments using Linux, while others use a dual boot operating environment and would like to have access to their Windows File system.

The good news is that this is not a complicated task to accomplish. As a matter of fact, for those using a Linux version derived from Debian, (I.E. Ubuntu, Knoppix, etc…) the process can be accomplished in a matter of seconds.

How to Mount a Windows NTFS file system partition in Linux

NOTE: In step four of the following tutorial, replace hdx1 with your actual partition found in step two. For example hda1, hdb2, sda1, etc.

1. Open a terminal ctrl+alt+x and then type

sudo su

2. Then to locate your Windows NTFS partition, type

fdisk -l

(make note of which partition contains the NTFS file system)

3. To create a directory to use for mounting the NTFS partition, type

mkdir /media/windows

4. Next, to mount the NTFS filesystem in Linux, type

mount /dev/hdx1 /media/windows/ -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222

5. To move to the Windows directory, type

cd /media/windows

6. Finally, to list the files on the NTFS partition, type


Notes: Alternately, you can navigate to the media/windows directory outside of terminal to view and access the files.

To unmount the Windows NTFS partition, from the terminal simply type

umount /media/windows/