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Im really confused about whether its safe to enable writing to ntfs drives or not. i have mandrake 10, must be kernel 2.6 that supposedly supports writing to the ntfs drives, but then in other threads i read that this is experimental, unsafe, and so on. So, -can i enable writing to these drives as sleep well at night, or would this be a horrible mistake?
At this point ntfs write support in kernel 2.6 is actually quite safe, but only limited to overwriting files with the same length, and does not support adding or deleting files.
So to sum it up, its useless.
This is what it says in the kernel 2.6.6 help file for NTFS write support:
This enables the partial, but safe, write support in the NTFS driver.
The only supported operation is overwriting existing files, without
changing the file length. No file or directory creation, deletion or
renaming is possible. Note only non-resident files can be written to
so you may find that some very small files (<500 bytes or so) cannot
be written to.
While we cannot guarantee that it will not damage any data, we have
so far not received a single report where the driver would have
damaged someones data so we assume it is perfectly safe to use.
Note: While write support is safe in this version (a rewrite from
scratch of the NTFS support), it should be noted that the old NTFS
write support, included in Linux 2.5.10 and before (since 1997),
is not safe.
This is currently useful with TopologiLinux. TopologiLinux is run
on top of any DOS/Microsoft Windows system without partitioning your
hard disk. Unlike other Linux distributions TopologiLinux does not
need its own partition. For more information see