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    I'm in DamnSmallLinux right now, which is a distro in which you boot from CD, based off Knoppix. I'm pretty new to Linux, I used RedHat 9 a few months ago until I reformatted and never bothered reinstalling. My problem is, I have no idea how to access or even mount my drives. I have my hard drive set up as follows:
    Partiton 1: FAT32 about 20 GB (with 98SE on it)
    Partition 2: NTFS about 6 GB (with XP Pro on it)
    Partition 3: FAT32 about 30 GB (with shared files and apps on it, no OS)
    Unpartitioned: A bit over 20GB
    All on a Maxtor 80 GB hdd.
    How do I mount these (well not the NTFS, this distro probably made pre-NTFS), if possible?
    If I can't (distro doesn't support FAT32 for some reason), how do I format the remaining free space int o ext2 or something? Also, how do I mount and format floppies?

    I did a little searching and found commands but am encountering error messages(e.g. "mount: can't find hda in etc/fstab or etc/mtab" , probably to due to the fact that everything is on CD.

    Can anyone help or give a link with good instructions?

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    The general form is :
    mount -t filesystem /device /mountpoint

    so to mount your first partition you should do:
    mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mountpoint
    check out the mount man pages for more information :cheers:

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    Thanks. New problem now, I need to do it as root. I don't know the root password though. This distro (as I said) is an altered knoppix, is there some sort of preconfigured root password?
    Another problem I am having is almost installing any programs. Is it because I'm putting them right into RAM (It's that or a floppy ATM and RAM's a lot faster)? Seti@home seems to be working fine. The install and readme files say to use "make" but this distro seems to be lacking in a make program, and the one I tried downloading (GNU make) said something about not being able to run C-compiled programs, which confuses the hell out of me because I thought Linux was based on C:confused: .
    Sorry for asking what are probably dumb questions. I would go read on my own some at some online help site but they all seem to start talking about CPU cache and RAM and hardware things I already know and seem to never get to important commands and such.

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    With some searchig I discovered that Knoppix has no root password which means you are totally locked out. But I found a command to change the passowrd of any user (even root), so now I have root access. I'll post if I still have problems mounting but I think that problem is solved. I still don't get the inability to install any programs though so any help on that would be appreciated.

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    Hda2 won't mount, which makes sense as it's NTFS, but hda1 and hda3 are screwed up. They show up as 16 KB and I can't do anything with them. Also, I don't know how to mount my floppy. It worked before, but I had used a feature in the GUI that doesn't work with anything else for whatever reason.

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    Thanks. I'll do some searching and see if I can figure out mounting on my own. This should deal with my software problem though.

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