Linux and NTFS

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  1. I have a dual booting laptop with Suse 10.1 and Windows. Everything works fine except for the write function to my windows partition. Knowing that NTFS and Linux don't always get along I assumed that was it, but even changing the NTFS shares to allow all users read/write access didn't help.

    So I converted the partition in question to Fat32 thinking that it should no longer be a problem, however now I cant access the partition at I reconverted it back to NTFS and it's ok to read again.

    Long story short I'm confused and all I want to do is have a shared partition where I can store all the Music and docs on one Laptop without having to use and external HDD.

    Anyone got any ideas?
  2. ex_wh:
    NTFS is a READONLY filesystem by default in Linux. I am not going any further with that.

    What I did was to repartition NTFS to give me a 4GB Fat32 partition and made that writable by setting the correct permissions with chgrp and chmod.
    WINDOWS: Owner root; Group root
    Fat32: Owner root; Group users; permissions Read and Write (775)

    Hope this helps. Will try to post screenshots if needed.

  3. NTFS can be written to from linux with the correct tools ( but it's entirely at your own risk. An unclean unmount could result in a corrupted partition. :(
    My external HDD is NTFS and I backup to it from Ubuntu using ntfs-3g which I installed with "sudo apt-get install ntfs-config". Took 'bout 30 seconds to set up and have RW NTFS access :D
  4. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

    I once acquired an extra hard drive. My Windows 98 system was unable to do anything with it and a spot of web browsing told me the drive had an NTFS partition on it. The fix was to download and run a small utility - sorry the best part (if you'll pardon the pun) of a decade later the name escapes me - maybe delpart.exe - which was actually from the NT3.51 toolkit to erase an NTFS partition.