Easy way to mount Windows ntfs external hdd on CentOS 6.4

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 by Vasily Bezruchkin Vasily Bezruchkin

When you try to mount a Windows USB external HDD that has NTFS filesystem, there is an error thrown filesystem ntfs not found. So generally anyone would type “yum install ntfs” in the terminal but it seems that this does not work too.

Here is an easy solution how to install ntfs-3g and mount the NTFS filesystem disk:

  1. Download and install ntfs-3g either by building the source(./configure… make… make install) or finding an rpm for your distribution from here.
    The following command worked fine for my CentOS 6.4 installation:
    yum install ntfs-3g
  2. List all installed HDDs using the following command:
    fdisk -l
  3. Mount the Hard Disk using the following command:
    mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb3 /mnt/windows
    Be sure you have /mnt/windows directory created.

Note that the filesystem should be mentioned as ntfs-3g and not just ntfs and choose the correct device.

Hope you will find this instruction easy!

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