The steps outlined in this blog post are derived from the Miscellaneous filesystem support for OpenSolaris on x86
web page. I just added few examples to illustrate the steps to mount a partition with NTFS filesystem that exists on the external hard drive (in this case, it is a Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive).Step-by-Step instructions to mount NTFS filesystem on [Open]Solaris
- Install the packages : FSWpart and FSWfsmisc.
- Find the logical device name for the NTFS partition.
-l option of the
rmformat command lists all removable devices along with their device names.
# rmformat -l
Looking for devices...
1. Logical Node: /dev/rdsk/c1t0d0p0
Physical Node: /pci@0,0/pci-ide@1f,1/ide@1/sd@0,0
Connected Device: MATSHITA UJDA750 DVD/CDRW 1.60
Device Type: DVD Reader
2. Logical Node: /dev/rdsk/c2t0d0p0
Physical Node: /pci@0,0/pci1179,1@1d,7/storage@1/disk@0,0
Connected Device: Seagate FreeAgentDesktop 100F
Device Type: Removable
Size: 953.9 GB
- Identify the NTFS partition on the external disk with the help of
In this example, partition #1 i.e., c2t0d0p1 has the NTFS filesystem.
# fdisk /dev/rdsk/c2t0d0p0
Total disk size is 60800 cylinders
Cylinder size is 32130 (512 byte) blocks
Partition Status Type Start End Length %
========= ====== ============ ===== === ====== ===
1 IFS: NTFS 0 60800 60801 100
SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. Create a partition
2. Specify the active partition
3. Delete a partition
4. Change between Solaris and Solaris2 Partition IDs
5. Exit (update disk configuration and exit)
6. Cancel (exit without updating disk configuration)
Enter Selection: 6
- Mount the NTFS partition just like mounting an UFS filesystem using the
mount command. Use the argument
ntfs to the command line option
-F. Since the filesystem was mounted in a slightly different way than the conventional way, use
/usr/bin/xlsmounts to see the detailed mount table information.
# mount -F ntfs /dev/dsk/c2t0d0p1 /mnt
PHYSICAL DEVICE LOGICAL DEVICE FS PID ADDR Mounted on
/dev/dsk/c2t0d0p1 /dev/dsk/c2t0d0p1 ntfs 6755 127.0.0.1:/ /mnt
# ls /mnt
expForSun.dmp MySQL5.1 RECYCLER
medium-64-bit $RECYCLE.BIN System Volume Information
ADDR column in the output of
xlsmounts. NTFS mount uses userland NFSv2 server to access the filesystems on raw partitions. That is why the mount was shown as NFS client mounted from 127.0.0.1:/
- To unmount the NTFS filesystem, use
/usr/bin/xumount. Solaris standard
umount command unmounts the filesystem but does not terminate the background NFS server process.
# /usr/bin/xumount /mnt
- OR -
# /usr/bin/xumount /dev/dsk/c2t0d0p1
Check the Miscellaneous filesystem support for OpenSolaris on x86
page and Moinak Ghosh's blog post Mount and Access NTFS and Ext2FS from Solaris x86
for the rest of the fine details.
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