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RobHK
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Force mount Windows partition [SOLVED]

Post by RobHK » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:27 am

I dual boot Windows 10 with Mint. I have the issue of not being able to mount the Windows partition in MInt.

I know about disabling Quickstart and about restarting rather than shutting down Windows. My question concerns a quick way to force mount the Windows partition if I am already in Mint. By googling I found simple one-line (possibly even one-word) command followed by the address of the Windows partition (e.g. /sda3) which mounted it.

I used it several times but, unfortunately, I now cannot find where I recorded it. Does anyone know what this command might be?
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Re: Force mount Windows partition

Post by deepakdeshp » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:00 am

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sudo mount /dev/sda3 /mnt
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Re: Force mount Windows partition

Post by austin.texas » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:14 am

Maybe the command you are looking for is in your terminal command history.
What does this return:

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history | grep mount
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Re: Force mount Windows partition

Post by RobHK » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:52 am

deepakdeshp wrote:

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sudo mount /dev/sda3 /mnt
Thank you but unfortunately this does not force the mount. It returns:
The disk contains an unclean file system (0, 0).
Metadata kept in Windows cache, refused to mount.
Failed to mount '/dev/sda5': Operation not permitted
The NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown
Windows fully (no hibernation or fast restarting), or mount the volume
read-only with the 'ro' mount option.

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Re: Force mount Windows partition

Post by RobHK » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:10 pm

austin.texas wrote:Maybe the command you are looking for is in your terminal command history.
What does this return:

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history | grep mount
Thank you. Your suggestion didn't return anything useful directly but it prompted me to go and look at my terminal history again and I found what I had missed earlier, before posting. Hopefully this can help others.

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sudo ntfsfix /dev/sda5
I am not sure whether this runs natively or whether I had to install ntfsfix previously.

EDIT: A little googling found the package I had previously installed and which must be installed before ntfsfix will run:

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sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

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Re: Force mount Windows partition [SOLVED]

Post by Linux-Bill » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:56 pm

Force mount of Windows drive in Linux:

sudo mount -o ro /dev/sda1 /media/name_of_Windows_drive

I have used this to save my bacon several times - always successful.

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