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I am frustrated with the inability to throw files back and forth between my Suse partition and my Vista partition. Older versions of Windows didn't create a problem for me. I can do this as Root only, and as Root, I can reset the permissions but as soon as I log off the partitions revert weather I boot into Windows or not. I seldom run Windows actually. In addition if I use a USB key, Vista will reset the permissions and I cannot copy stuff from my Linux partition to the USB key without first changing permissions......I can do this from any user account however.
I can access Vista partitions as read only......but that seems to be all. It is a pain to have to drop into the root account just to toss a file over. I have not tired going SU in the command line and doing it from there...... I presume that would work, but it would be a pain. I personally like having a GUI...... I remember the bad old days when we had to specify entire paths for copy and move commands and such....I'm not willing to go back to that.
What kernel are you running? Newer kernels have read/write support for ntfs partitions.
Windows, on the other hand is a different matter. You may find commercial programs that will allow you to write to Linux partitions. There is at least one freeware application that will allow you to read Linux partitions which might work for one-way copy from Linux to Vista.
I think you need the ntfs-3g driver for full read-write access to your Windows partition from the Linux side. You can mount it with the umask=0 option and be able to read and write files as any user, not just root.