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NTFS Partition shown as FAT16 and so impossible to mount 
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Post NTFS Partition shown as FAT16 and so impossible to mount
Hi,

i have here a NTFS Partition from Windows XP. ntfs-3g show as debug-answer NTFS signature is missing, device doesn't have a valid NTFS.

fdisk show me that the partition should be FAT16, but it is NTFS. the force option doesn't help also.

I tried with serveral complete shutdowns, Defragmentation and Scandisk with automatic repair.

i don't know what i can try next, to get access to the NTFS Partition, i need only reading.


Tue Nov 18, 2008 13:01
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If NTFS-3G tells no NTFS signature then it means that it's not an NTFS partition. See more at http://ntfs-3g.org/support.html#mbr

It could also be a kernel bug if it doesn't calculate your partition start correctly.


Tue Nov 18, 2008 23:14
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uff...that'S right, i think its the mbr, because there is a Security login installed "Safeguard Easy" at the startup, and this could be the reason

i won't override the mbr, is there any force option in ntfs-3g possible ?


Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:43
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It can not be forced because the NTFS file system is not accessible.


Wed Nov 19, 2008 14:58
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so, there is no chance to get access to the ntfs file system ? So this is good option to lock the ntfs partition with live linux systems :)


Wed Nov 19, 2008 16:11
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You could try a partition table recovery program (like testdisk) to find the real partition location and then use it (with losetup or something similar).


Wed Nov 19, 2008 16:29
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