Originally posted by contrasutra
No, you cant. I dont know what lectraplayer is talking about, maybe he got lucky, but:
You can SERIOUSLY mess up your NTFS partition if you write to it in Linux.
Because NTFS was designed to be secure, so you couldnt just boot into another OS and write to it (like you can w/ fat32), so basically, people have had to "hack" the partition to be able to write to it, and thats a very risky procedure.
I may have gotten lucky on how I damaged it allowing me to use it, but seriously, with Mandrake 9, I could use it as if it was Linux Native or FAT32 or something. For now, I'd suggest making a small experimental NTFS partition and trying it. Of course if you tear that up, don't try it with your Windows partition.
I know I was like nabbing stuff under like Docs & Settings>user>MyDocs and was writing to it there with no problem. Unfortunately, at that time, my boot sector was whacked because of something AWOL under XP.
...you know, I musta whacked the security features when I damaged it putting Linux in. It worked though.
...which is more than I could say for XP after that.