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asked 2011-12-21 10:41:41 -0500

bdicejr gravatar image

loaded fed. 16 on external usb hard drive. how do i block access to win. 7 os system files. Can I lock out file access or somehow just have Fedora pass through my lap top without access to my internal Windows OS. I notice internal file system shows up in file tree. Keep in mind im a rookie. Go easy on me.

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answered 2011-12-21 12:06:29 -0500

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You can add the Windows partition to your /etc/fstab and prevent it from being automatically mounted. It would then require super-user access to mount. Add one line to your fstab file like the example below.

Example /etc/fstab:

/dev/sda1         /       ext4     defaults  1 1
/dev/sda2         /boot   ext4     defaults  1 2
/dev/sda3         swap    swap     defaults  0 0
/dev/sda4         /mnt    ntfs     noauto    0 0

Replace "/dev/sda4" with the correct partition device name of your system's partition. You can use the "palimpsest" program to find the correct partition name.

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answered 2011-12-21 14:38:21 -0500

ztank1013 gravatar image

I support the @mooninite method but take in mind the following thing.

An unencrypted file system (read "folder") would be always accessible by an experienced person if he/she has physical access to the system. One safe way to prevent this problem is to encrypt the file system (the partition or even the full disk) you want to protect.

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