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write problem on mounted ntfs filesystem

topquarck's picture

Hi all;

I have a problem in writing files (and modifying partitions contents)on my windows partitions mounted on my linux distro.

i am not allowed to delete files on my ntfs partitions nor add files to them. although i modified the fstab entries of my ntfs partitions to rw instead of the default ro. my fstab is the following:

  1. This file is edited by fstab-sync - see 'man fstab-sync' for details

/dev/hda5 / ext3 noatime 1 1 /dev/hdb /mnt/cdrom auto umask=0,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec,users 0 0 /dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c ntfs rw,umask=0,nls=iso8859-1 0 0 /dev/hda7 /mnt/win_d ntfs rw,umask=0,nls=iso8859-1 0 0 none /proc proc defaults 0 0 none /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0 /dev/hda6 swap swap defaults 0 0

I have a Mandriva 2006 free distro on an HP Compaq nc 6110 laptop.

if anybody can help me, i will be very grateful ..

thanx alot

Alaa's picture

thats because the ntfs

thats because the ntfs driver that comes with the linux kernel is a read only driver, writing to ntfs is not supported yet.

there are experimental ntfs drivers that allow writing, maybe others here have more experience with them.

Linux can write to a fat32 partition though.


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phaeronix's picture

Two ways.

There are two ways to gain read/write acces to ntfs partitions:

1- captive-ntfs which uses an emulation layer over the windows ntfs driver. I have used this solution many times, and has proven to be stable.

However, there are license issues as you must own a windows license to ( legally ) use the windows kernel with this solution.

2- libntfs and fuse are a new solution which I haven't tried, but don't suffer from the legal inhibitions as the previous solution.

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