[CentOS] Can't mount FAT32 partition

Tue Aug 30 11:27:35 UTC 2005
Johnny Hughes <mailing-lists at hughesjr.com>

On Tue, 2005-08-30 at 19:21 +0900, Dave Gutteridge wrote:
> >Rather than editing /etc/fstab and adding a lot of mount flags to the
> >mix, start with the basics. Can you do the following as root:
> >mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
> >  
> >
> [root at localhost ~]# mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
> mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hda1,
>        or too many mounted file systems
> >If yes, then it is a matter of working out the proper flags. If not,
> >then the file system could be corrupt. When you try the mount command
> >above, do you see any errors in /var/log/messages or dmesg output?
> >  
> >
> This is in /var/log/messages:
> Aug 30 19:16:50 localhost kernel: FAT: invalid first entry of FAT 
> (0xffffff8 != 0x1)
> Aug 30 19:16:50 localhost kernel: VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem 
> on dev hda1.
> So it thinks it's not a valid FAT system. It seems to work okay in 
> Windows... is there a possibility that there are different kinds of FAT32?
> Dave

Is this a Windows partition?  If so, I would boot in Windows XP an make
sure you can read the partition in Windows and run chkdsk on it via
Windows XP to start with.
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