Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Windows 8 and Linux mounting bug

Just came across this bug by accident now that I'm running Windows 8 24/7. ntfs-3g refuses to mount Windows8 not using hibernation HOW TO REPRODUCE: 1) Boot into Windows8, use its "Restart" button 2) From Ubuntu 12.04, try to mount the Windows8 partition: sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb8 /media/Windows8partition EXPECTED RESULT: The Windows partition is mounted in write/read mode. OBSERVED RESULT: The partition is not mounted. The output of the command is: Windows is hibernated, refused to mount. Failed to mount '/dev/sdb8': Opération non permise The NTFS partition is hibernated. Please resume and shutdown Windows properly, or mount the volume read-only with the 'ro' mount option, or mount the volume read-write with the 'remove_hiberfile' mount option. For example type on the command line: mount -t ntfs-3g -o remove_hiberfile /dev/sdb8 /media/Windows8partition Remarks: - this bug is not present in 11.10 - this bug is severe as it makes Wubi fail on Win8 ( Bug #1042159 ) Hopefully it'll get fixed soon. p.s. I think the most interesting thing I've learned out of the whole thing is how Windows 8 gets it's faster boot times is by lying to you and not actually shutting down your pc at all when you tell it to "Also, the fact that Microsoft consider "Restart" a true restart and "Shut down" a hidden, system hibernation is not intuitive or logical" Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8

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