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Assuming that your win disk isn't NTFS, as CoolAJ6 said, you should be able to edit /etc/fstab to include the <rw> option for all users, and then remount the disk (otherwise there's probably a gui for this in the Mandrake Control Center, under hardware - I haven't used Mandrake recently).
the rw option by itself does not, to my knowledge to date, allow write access to windows fat partitions. the umask option does this. assuming you do not care who writes to your windows partitions an fstab entry may look like:
i think the umask is the permissions of the partition when mounted. the exec, rw options are what users are allowed to do on that partition. the 2 are mutually exclusive though. for instance, even though you allow users to read/write/exec on that partition, they will not be able to unless you mount that partition to allow them to use their permissions.
At the moment, there is no safe way to write to a NTFS partition. That said, there are utilities that allow you to write to NTFS, but they are very much in a beta stage and I would not recommend you use them unless you don't care if you NTFS partition gets corrupt . What I did was to create an 8GB partition on my WinXP drive to move files between OS's.
Originally posted by Baldrick65 At the moment, there is no safe way to write to a NTFS partition. That said, there are utilities that allow you to write to NTFS, but they are very much in a beta stage and I would not recommend you use them unless you don't care if you NTFS partition gets corrupt . What I did was to create an 8GB partition on my WinXP drive to move files between OS's.
In my experience captive-ntfs is indeed quite safe, just not always really a performance king.
if you are using ntfs file system, then you will have to d/w and compile a patch for your kernel.
if its a fat32 file system, then just edit your /etc/fstab.
in the line containing your windows partition info, typically
add the keyword 'user' in the fourth column, which will contain the keyword 'default' (generally).
i think that maybe you will have to delete the default keyword, just try both ways.
Thank you for your help.
It is not my objective to write to my ntfs-partitions. I only need to set the drive writeable in order to enable root to make it readeable for user. User wants to read his huge collection of mp3-files on this drive without the need to copy them to his Linux-drive.
By default the Mandrake-installer sets the drive on readonly for root, thus preventing to change the rights.
This problem feels like running in a circle...