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Old 09-06-2002, 02:43 AM   #1
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what's the reason why Linux can't write on NTFS partitions?


I'm just wondering if there's like a physical reason or some thing that prevents Linux to write on NTFS partitions? Or is it just because NTFS is a Microsh!t crap?
 
Old 09-06-2002, 02:46 AM   #2
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Linux can write on an NTFS partition. But it's risky and can cause data loss. I guess the code for writing on NTFS partitions is still not completely finished and fully tested yet.
 
Old 09-06-2002, 03:03 AM   #3
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Linux can write on an NTFS partition. But it's risky and can cause data loss. I guess the code for writing on NTFS partitions is still not completely finished and fully tested yet.
Plus its not opensource so its all a guessing game to the developers..
 
Old 09-06-2002, 03:08 AM   #4
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There is a work around available, you can write to it, but then you have to run a scandisk and I think a few other steps to make sure the disk is not toast. It's really not worth it when you can make a fat32 filesystem, write to it, then when you boot into your NTFS OS, you can copy from the fat32 to the ntfs, and save yourself the headache.

But more info can be obtained at:
http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/

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Old 09-06-2002, 03:13 AM   #5
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http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.p...forum_id=44084

That is a good discussion on this sort of topic. Although I understand that totally going without winbloze isn't feasible for some, there is always a work around for those people (the fat32 option).

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Old 09-06-2002, 04:05 AM   #6
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Ok that's what I thought but for some reason I can't write on my NTFS partitions, oh well, I don't really care coz I'm gonna make a FAT partition but I thought there'd be like some dody reason.

Thx
 
Old 09-06-2002, 07:24 AM   #7
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You can't because it's restricted (and marked dangerous) by your kernel. You would have to be foolish enough to enable this, and then follow the instructions from the above website to get it to work.

Best thing is to continue on course, make the fat, don't think back.
 
Old 09-06-2002, 07:47 AM   #8
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Yeah yeah definitely, I am gonna convert it to FAT, at least I know that's gonna work and it'll be safer.
 
Old 09-06-2002, 08:11 AM   #9
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NTFS is M$ proprietary and it is more complex than FAT(anything). It takes a lot of effort to discover how any change to a file in NTFS is recorded by NTFS, and obviously M$ will not cooperate except to provide Windoze-based APIs to those who are willing to operate within Windoze. Well, that pretty well leaves Linux out in the cold. So, Linux folks -- very smart and very patient Linux folks -- have to figure out what happens to files under NTFS and that's a very long and arduous task.

The result is that the kernel knows somethings about NTFS, but not enough to allow for rock-solid stability on updates to files within NTFS.

FAT is somewhat less complex than NTFS and is well supported in the Linux kernel. That's why most will say that if you are dual-booting with an NTFS-based Windoze, have a FAT32 partition that can be used when access to files is required with both OSes.
 
Old 09-06-2002, 09:14 AM   #10
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It all comes down to the file tables. NTFS uses a different type of file table to record and manage data. All file systems do, but because NTFS is closed sourced, it is difficult to figure out what is actually happening.

Linux read ability works well, and that is what I use. It will also copy files from NTFS, but just not write.
 
Old 09-06-2002, 01:21 PM   #11
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The best thing is to have a network file server. Sure it's just as easy to use a fat32 partition, but if you have a file server that is accessable on your network it can be used by any type of system. networking is not file system specific.
 
  


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