[ILUG] Mounting XP Partition
rick at linuxmafia.com
Sat Apr 10 19:17:22 IST 2004
Quoting double-oh-seven at secretservice.co.uk (double-oh-seven at secretservice.co.uk):
> Good enough to recover Admin passwords, a read operation as opposed to
> a write one AFAIK.... provided you process them in memory.
To my knowledge, the easiest way to "recover" NT Administrator passwords
is to reset them to some known value, though I could be wrong. This
whole area's pretty foreign to my experience. (I'm probably going to
fix that, and am certainly not bragging about my ignorance, just
> Seriously, if it can't write new files to the partition, can't delete
> old files from the partition, and can only alter existing files
> provided it doesnt change the length of the file (kinda like changing
> the contents of an RPM without altering the MD5, technically possible,
> but practically and usefully impossible), then how exactly is it
> considered that this driver has write support? Or am I reading your
> paragraph wrong?
I think you're reading it right -- and I _think_ I have the facts of the
matter right. (I recently was set straight on the matter via private
mail by Szabolcs Szakacsits, author of the open-source ntfsresize
utility, after posting wrong information on the comp.os.linux.hardware
newsgroup.) Certainly, if you're seeking practical, general-purpose
data interchange on a dual-boot Linux and NT/W2K/XP box, either
Captive-NTFS (http://www.jankratovhvil.net/project/captive/), Win4Lin,
VMware, or a shared FAT32 partition make a whole lot more sense today.
(Actually, there are some other solutions, too: There are several
ext2/ext3 drivers for MS-Windows, and I swear I once saw a description
of some clever trick involving loopback filesystems, but can't remember
In the long term, the newer Linux driver is a major step forward despite
its current limitations because (1) it's come a long way very quickly,
and I expect it'll become more useful soon, and (2) being open-source,
its advances will never be lost to us just because somebody changes an
interface or ceases offering something. (E.g., Microsoft Corp. can
break Captive-NTFS in a heartbeat if it cares with a tiny tweak to some
DLLs, but cannot break fully open-source solutions without also breaking
vast amounts of Win32 software.)
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