How to mount external hard disk in Red Hat Linux?

Are you facing trouble mounting external hard disk drive? Need solution to mount external hard disk in your Red Hat PC? Below I have given the software driver to recognize your external HDD. Read the article below to know about the software driver.

If you are using Red Hat Linux, you may face the below error while mounting an external hard disk drive.

Error - mount: unknown file system type 'ntfs'

During the invention of hard disk drive only FAT type file system was used. Later, after the invention of Windows OS, NTFS file system became popular. So, the support for NTFS file system will not be available by default in Linux versions. After a lot of research, I came to know that by installing a NTFS driver we would be able to read NTFS file system. You can download this software from below site

NTFS File System Driver

In this site, you can get the RPM (installer file) in RPM's section. To know the chipset details, open terminal and type the following command:

#uname -m


The above figure shows my PC use i686 type chipset. So, I download the RPM from i686 category. It is enough to download one RPM file. You find three RPM files under each category and the topmost is the latest version. For 64 bit PC, download the RPM under x86_64.

If your external HDD is still plugged in, remove it and insert again and your device will be recognized. Still if it doesn't recognize then restart your PC.

Installing command mode

If you prefer installing by command mode follow the below steps.

There are many repositories for downloading NTFS package, here, I have used the RPMforge repository to download this package.

1. To set up RPMforge in your PC, download installer file from the below link

After downloading the repository just install in the graphical mode. It will ask you root password to install this file. Authenticate as root user and your file will install automatically.

2. Open the terminal and enter the following commands.
Type the root's password.
#yum clean all
# yum list all

Installing other apps

This tutorial is not necessary, just read this to gain more knowledge about repositories. Now, your PC has RPM forge repository, it means you can download all the software released by RPM forge. To download and install any files from RPM forge, just open the terminal and enter the command in the following format.

#yum install -y

YUM means the YellowDog Update Manager and this command is necessary to install software including all dependencies. Suppose, you want to install OpenOffice in your PC you need to download lots of RPM's and you can't install it manually because Red Hat wants you to install orderly. YUM overcomes this problem. The next command is whether you are going to install or update or uninstall a software. You are going to command what the YUM should do. Here, I am going to install a package, so I used to install. You should enter the package name correctly. Also, the package you entered should be available in RPM forge. If you satisfy both the conditions then you can install the software successfully. YUM configuration seems to be hard in the beginning and if you start using this feature frequently, you will find them easy.

Read How to install Ubuntu OS in a PC installed with Windows OS?

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