How to mount NTFS partition of VMWare disk in CentOS 5

First , you might have to get rpmforge YUM repo from here..

Then.. let’g get the support for ntfs for current running kernel with this :

yum install ntfs-3g -y

it shall sort out all the necessary dependencies for this to work..

then.. either test with external NTFS partional..

to mount just need


mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usb -t ntfs-3g

assuming the external drive is located at /dev/sdb1

and for permanent resolution to get it mounted after each boot ..
just need to add something *like* the following line into “/etc/fstab”

/dev/sda1       /media/C   vfat  rw,umask=0000,defaults 0 
/dev/sda3       /media/D   ntfs-3g  rw,umask=0000,defaults 0 
/dev/sda8       /media/E   ntfs-3g  rw,umask=0000,defaults 0

if want to read something on VMWware disk.. (*.vmdk)
with the partition type of NTFS (*sigh..*)

there is a script come with the VMware itself..

[root@nb-namran ~]# rpm -q --whatprovides /usr/bin/

just need to append it to become something like this ..

/usr/bin/ /home/user/vmware/winxp/winxp.vmdk 1 /media/winxp -t ntfs-3g

then..yes.. shall be able to read/write it at /media/winxp

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p/s : the above picture is because it had been turned off due to improper shutdown of WinXP on VMware.. .. 😎

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2 Responses

  1. namran says:

    this would then make this app as ..

    the best yahoo messenger for centos

    .. after pidgin.. hehehe 😎

    as it had supersede the pidgin capabilities to perform
    some additional task which is not available in pidgin..

    may be you had been using other messenger..
    kindly post your comment in the form below ..

    p/s : don’t shoot the messenger..

  2. arlie_bcx says:

    I did the steps above but got this message while installing:

    warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 217521f6

    GPG key retrieval failed: [Errno 5] OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: ‘/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL’

    I’m using CentOS 5.6


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