Mounting Windows Partitions in FreeNAS 9.x

Recently I built a FreeNAS box so I could backup my computers to it. I figure with the redundancy of the disks, and the ability to have 2 hot spares in a ZRAID2 ZFS Volume would make it more stable than having Terabytes of data just sitting on a disk in my computer.

Long story short I needed to move about 4 Terabytes of data off my local workstation onto the FreeNAS box. I didn’t want to transfer it over the LAN just does to speed so I hooked the drive up to the FreeNAS box with an External Drive Enclosure that had an eSATA port on it.

After some quick research, I found that you need to load a module for FreeNAS to understand NTFS partitions. Here’s what I did:

mkdir /mnt/usb
kldload fuse
ntfs-3g /dev/da1s1 /mnt/usb

If that doesn’t work, you may need to call the fuse module by direct path, like this.

mkdir /mnt/usb
kldload /usr/local/modules/fuse.ko
ntfs-3g /dev/da1s1 /mnt/usb

Those three commands was all it took and the drive was connected. From there some “cp” and “mv” commands was all it took to backup my data from these drives.

Hope this helps anyone having the same issues.

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