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Presumably you are mounting the drive onto a Linux server, using smbfs or something similar (as opposed to an NFS server on the Windows machine).
I'd suggest you eliminate anything your FTP server might be doing first. Can you write to the share if you log in to the Linux server locally or via SSH as the FTP user? What are the permissions on the file and directory in question?
Yes, only root can mount a file system. Once you have done this as root, you should be able to access it as another user, though, depending on the permissions. Can you try that, and post the permissions and error message(s) you get?