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How To: Mount an NTFS thumb drive on Red Hat and SUSE Enterprise Linux systems

Summary

This article describes the steps to mount an NTFS thumb drive on systems using Red Hat Linux Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLES) distributions to complete an installation of Esri software.

Procedure

RHEL

  1. Add the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository for the appropriate RHEL version from the Fedora Project wiki EPEL page, and install the package:
  • RHEL6:
#yum -y install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-6.noarch.rpm
  • RHEL7:
#yum -y install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
  1. Install the NTFS driver.
#yum -y install ntfs-3g
  1. Insert the USB thumb drive and wait for it to automount.
    If the device does not automount, follow the steps in the Manually Mounting USB section below.

SLES

  1. Ensure that the SLES machine has a subscription with the vendor, and sign in to the SLES repository.
  2. Download and install the ntfs-3g package for the SLES version using the following syntax
#zypper --no-gpg-checks install ntfs-3g-<version>.rpm
  1. Insert the USB thumb drive and wait for it to automount.
  2. The GUI requests the Administrator (root) password to mount the thumb drive.
    If the USB device does not automount, follow the steps in the Manually Mounting USB section below.

Manually Mounting USB

  1. Determine the block device assigned to the USB thumb drive by searching for "usb" in /var/log/messages.
  2. Create a mount point. For example:
mkdir /tmp/tempmount
  1. Manually mount the USB thumb drive to the mount point created:
  • RHELx:
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdX /tmp/tempmount
  • SLESx:
ntfs-3g /dev/sdX /tmp/tempmount

For more information on SUSE, see Mounting an NTFS Partition