writing to windoze partition

BRUCE STANLEY bruce.stanley at prodigy.net
Mon Aug 8 12:40:32 UTC 2005

--- Jeff Vian <jvian10 at charter.net> wrote:

> On Sun, 2005-08-07 at 05:41 -0700, Globe Trotter wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I have the ntfs kernel installed and the following line in my /etc/fstab. 
> > 
> > /dev/hda1       /media/windows  ntfs    rw,defaults,umask=0222  0 0
>                                           ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> I suggest you not use the defaults option and use "ro" instead of "rw".
> Umask of 222 turns off write permissions on all files and is suggested
> for that reason.  If you *really* insist on write permissions take that
> out.
> You also may need to add other options such as UID=XXX,GID=XXX to give
> your user full access.
> Note that if you write to an NTFS partition and create a new file or
> extend an existing file it *may* corrupt the filesystem since AFAIK
> Linux cannot manipulate the MFT in the NTFS filesystem.
> > 
> > The windoze partition mounts okay and I can change directories, etc.
> > 
> > cd /media/windows/Documents and Settings/globe/Desktop
> > 
> > However, I am unable to copy files to it on linux (FC4). What do I have to
> do
> > to be able to do this?
> > 
> > Many thanks and best wishes!
> > 
> You have already been told why it does not work.  What most do to have
> an area where files can be transferred back and forth and be seen in
> both OSes ( Windows using NTFS and Linux ) is have a fat32 partition.
> Since both OSes can read/write in fat32 this seems to be a viable
> alternative for now. 

While running windows:
Your best bet would be to use a partitioning program (e.g. Partition Magic)
and shrink you ntfs partition down in size and then create a vfat32 with the
free space you have created.  Writing to nfts is very risky....

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