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I suggest you take the suggestions seriously: boot into Windows first and let it do a system check if that's what it wants to do. The very fact that you could see files on the ntfs partition from the terminal but not in graphical mode was in itself an indication that something wasn't quite right. You may possibly have been working too hard at it without the proper modules so that the partition was slightly hurt. So do the wise thing and let win check itself first; otherwise you may completely lose the partition and all the data (keep your fingers crossed that's not the case yet).
Then reboot into Ubuntu and see whether it makes a difference.
What this means is that the system could actually read the "Guitar Stuff" directory from the /mnt/windows directory from the beginning. It also means that "Guitar Stuff" is a directory owned by root and is read only by root. i.e. NO OTHER USER can access it, so that clearly the GUI was never going to get access to it. Whether the data has now been broken by loading ntfs-3g I can't say. I know nothing about that software, other than I think it's in early early stages of development.
I would advise you to consider doing "man mount" and looking through the parameters "-t" and "-o" to see and try to understand exactly what I'm having you do. But, in a nutshell, this opens a read-only ntfs partition located at /dev/sda5 onto /mnt/windows. I don't know what effect the ntfs-3g will have, but since we're opening it as ntfs and not ntfs-3g, it shouldn't be a problem.
Last edited by Quakeboy02; 03-07-2007 at 11:16 PM.
If this mounts OK and you're able to do the "cp -a etc", you will need to do still another command to be able to see them from your home directory. This is the command, and I Cannot Stress Strongly Enough that you MUST NOT run this against "/mnt/windows"! Look at the man page for "chown" to see what I'm having you do.
sudo chown -R youruserid "Guitar Stuff"
In this case, I believe youruserid to be "ian", if I've been reading correctly. DO NOT do this against /mnt/windows!!!!! Do it only to the "Guitar Stuff" directory you create by the copy command.
Last edited by Quakeboy02; 03-07-2007 at 11:22 PM.