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Old 06-03-2007, 11:40 AM   #1
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Unhappy Linux Server Hosting NTFS Disks?


I have many NTFS formatted disks the data within which I would like to host on a linux server. I suppose I could copy the material over onto ext2/ext3 formatted disks, but the following issues prompt me to seek an alternative: (a) I expect to routinely receive many such disks, (b) data integrity during copying, (c) need for additional additional disks, (d) disk copy labor/time.

The alternative I can think of is to simply mount the NTFS disks under Linux and host the material. The question is whether this is a reliable (& efficient) mode of operation, especially since it will be a 24x7 operation?

Would also appreciate any suggestions as to how to host a plethora of NTFS formatted disks using a linux OS.

Thanks...

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Old 06-03-2007, 12:29 PM   #2
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This is easy..........

Install the rpmforge-release package as directed here: http://dag.wieers.com/rpm/FAQ.php#B

When done type something like: yum install fuse-ntfs-3g

You may want to edit your /etc/fstab file and add the NTFS partitions, examples below;

/dev/sda1 /media/Windows ntfs-3g auto,users,uid=0,gid=500,umask=000,rw 0 0
/dev/sda5 /media/Data ntfs-3g auto,users,uid=0,gid=500,umask=000,rw 0 0

Of course you do want to create the mountpoint(s) before using the NTFS partitions, as root type: mkdir /media/Windows /media/Data

Then you can mount the NTFS partitions by typing:
mount /dev/sda1
mount /dev/sda5

Please adjust everything to match your actual hardware and needs ( use /dev/hda instead of /dev/sda for example).
 
Old 06-03-2007, 03:18 PM   #3
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Thanks Lenard. The testimonials suggest very reliable operations, presumably it is stable under a 24x7 operations too, and benchmarks suggest reliable large files handling...

Naively, if the server is 64-bit and the NTFS disks were written using 32-bit Win XP, could it turn out to be an issue?
 
Old 06-03-2007, 11:36 PM   #4
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Would you be able to read only through the network. I am intrested in doing the same thing, but would like to have write access for the ntfs network shared drive.
 
Old 06-04-2007, 06:54 AM   #5
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Naively, if the server is 64-bit and the NTFS disks were written using 32-bit Win XP, could it turn out to be an issue?
Not a problem

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Would you be able to read only through the network. I am intrested in doing the same thing, but would like to have write access for the ntfs network shared drive.
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Also not a problem, depending if you using samba (cifs mounted) or ntfs-3g mounted it is just a matter of permissions.
 
Old 06-04-2007, 10:48 PM   #6
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Thanks Lenard. Appreciate it.
 
Old 06-05-2007, 06:05 PM   #7
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thank you from me as well. One more thing though, I have now setup samba and ntfs-3g on ubuntu so it will share my ntfs drive. I can now write to it remotely and locally from the linux box. I would like to know if this is safe, cause i know linux and ntfs have an issues in the past when it came to writing.
 
Old 06-05-2007, 09:25 PM   #8
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Noboby has reported any issues writing to an NTFS partition when correctly mounted via samba or ntfs-3g.
 
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that is good news. thank you for your help
 
  


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