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Help & Info

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Information Page has descriptions and links to all of the documents that we maintain. The four most common documents are:


The Linux Documentation Project maintains a wide range of HOWTOs. The following HOWTOs may be especially useful:

Filesystems - http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Filesystems-HOWTO.html Filesystems and accessing filesystems. It is not a Linux- or Unix-related document.
Linux Kernel - http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Kernel-HOWTO.html This is a detailed guide to kernel configuration, compilation, upgrades, and troubleshooting for ix86-based systems.
Linux+Win9x+Grub - http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Linux+Win9x+Grub-HOWTO/index.html How to use the GRUB bootloader to turn your computer into a Windows + Linux dual boot machine, without affecting your current Linux installation.
Linux Loadable Kernel Module - http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Module-HOWTO/index.html Linux loadable kernel modules (LKMs): what they are, how to use and create them. It also includes documentation of parameters and other details of use of some particular modules.
Linux Installation Strategies - http://tldp.org/HOWTO/mini/Install-Strategies/index.html A few installation strategies for those who intend to dual-boot between Windows and Linux.
Multiboot with GRUB - http://tldp.org/HOWTO/mini/Multiboot-with-GRUB.html How to install Windows 98, Windows 2000, DOS and Linux using GRUB.
Win95 + WinNT + Linux multiboot using LILO - http://tldp.org/HOWTO/mini/Multiboot-with-LILO.html How to use LILO to multiboot between Windows 95, Windows NT, and Linux.
Linux Partition - http://tldp.org/HOWTO/mini/Partition/index.html How to plan and create partitions on IDE and SCSI hard drives. It discusses partitioning terminology and considers size and location issues. Use of the fdisk partitioning utility for creating and recovering of partition tables is covered

Help Forums

We have two web-based forums available on SourceForge. Use the Help Forum if you have a problem using our tools, adding NTFS support to Linux, or if you find a bug. The Open Discussion is for any NTFS questions you want answered.


The NTFS documentation shows the on-disk format of an NTFS volume. Windows NT, 2000 and XP use NTFS, a filesystem resembling a database.

The LDM documentation shows the on-disk structure of the Logical Disk Manager database. Windows 2000 and XP use the LDM to support Dynamic Disks which allow the creation of Striped, Spanned, Mirrored and RAID5 volumes. The partitioning scheme is held in a database at the end of the physical disk.

Mailing Lists

Below is a list of the main mailing lists we use, with links to archives of the content and subscription instructions.

N.B. Before posting to any of these lists please check that your question hasn't already been answered on this site, or in the archives.

Linux-NTFS-Dev This is a technical list which is used for discussing the Linux kernel NTFS driver as well as the userspace library and utilities. All NTFS related technical questions are welcome here. Archive Subscribe
linux-kernel A high volume technical list for developers of the Linux Kernel. Archive Subscribe
linux-fsdevel A technical list for developers of Linux filesystems. Archive Subscribe