My system consists of a docking bay in which I can insert any of several operating system hard drives and a 320 GB drive permanently installed. The 320 GB drive was formatted NTFS from the Windows OS drive. I have accessed it read/write from Ubuntu 6.10, 7.10 and 8.04 with only one issue.
I copied a file with a name like
to the NTFS drive from Ubuntu. It was a screen shot of some sort of error I had received on a web page and the screen print tool created the name. When I booted again to Windows XP I received the message that the drive needed to be chkdsk(ed). I allowed this to proceed and it barked about some invalid files. However, the OS then came up and seemed to be no worse for the wear.
I tried to open the png file in Windows and received an error that the file was not there. I tried to delete it and got the same message. I though I had dome some damage to my NTFS partition.
However... the problem was with the file name. : and " are not allowed in Windows file names. I renamed the file next time I booted Ubuntu and was later able to access and delete it from Windows.
So - be careful in naming files on the NTFS partition when using Linux!
Also - I cannot run a VMWare virtual machine from VMWare player nor Workstation running on Linux when the VM files are on the NTFS partition. They work fine if the VM Player is running on Windows(?)