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Old 07-22-2010, 10:18 AM   #1
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Copying Windows files in Linux

I'm having a problem with my hard drive. Windows can't even open it. I run DSL linux and successfully moynted the drive so I can view my file structure. I thought I just connect my other windows HD, mount it and then just copy all the folders I need. Unfortunatelly I'm getting cp: cannot create directory blabla - read-only file system. Is there a way at all to copy NTFS files in Linux?
Old 07-22-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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you could try mounting your win partitions using ntfs-3g programs

Edit: don't know if dsl has ntfs-3g. If it doesn't, you could try another livecd. knoppix, ubuntu, etc

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Old 07-22-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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Yes, the problem is very probably due to DSL not having ntfs-3g out of the box. The plain ntfs driver isn't very good at handling ntfs partitions, so if you can mount the partition but not read-write (which is the default option as far as I know), it indicates the writing simply isn't supported. If you want to work with DSL, your options are pretty much limited to obtaining ntfs-3g, after which you shouldn't face much trouble. This thread seems to indicate you can install the required software fairly easily (in my opinion)...

If you're not limited to DLS, have a fast broadband and so on, you could get away easier by downloading, writing to disc and using some other live distribution, such as the aforementioned Knoppix or Ubuntu (desktop version). Those ought to have ntfs-3g available right out of the box, so you wouldn't need to worry.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:41 AM   #4
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Wow that's a quick forum. Thanks guys. I'll try downloading Knopix and see if that works. Many thanks
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You probably have this sorted by now but pmagic (101MB) has ntfs support and is smaller to download than the others mentioned above.
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Wish I could say that. Knopix wasn't able to mount that drive. I downloaded pmagic and it wouldn't mount it either. Luckilly its got that partition utility that eventually mounted the drive and now I'm copying stuff tu another disk. Let's see if windows can then read that.
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that is odd the current knoppix normally works

for reference ,and the next time , you might want to look at "SystemRescueCD"
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Almost every new distro made in the last 3 years can mount ntfs to read drives formatted in ntfs. That is all you want to do is read files.

What the complaint is you don't have write permission on the remote box. Might be easier to put filezilla server on the remote box and then ftp the files over.


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