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Old 08-15-2004, 12:13 PM   #1
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linux and ntfs support


I was wondering why linux doesn't yet support writing to ntfs partitions - is this a simple case of programmers not yet getting to writing drivers for that?

I googled a bit and read around and was wondering - are these the only guys trying to write ntfs drivers: linux-ntfs.sf.net?
 
Old 08-15-2004, 12:28 PM   #2
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Maybe you should search a little harder. Countless threads already that deal with this.

http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/
 
Old 08-15-2004, 12:48 PM   #3
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I think that the main reason is Microsoft being opposed to such a project and not disclosing the technical information needed to implement an open-source driver. The link above points to a project that uses native MS ntfs.sys driver, which is not open-source. And it is unclear whether it is legal to use the driver this way.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 02:28 PM   #4
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hey guys

have a look at the kernel
linux kernel suppport NTFS filesystem
u need to compile it according to ur needs

the distro u r using does not provide a kernel supporting NTFS FS ,so get to the source of the kernel and compile it for NTFS read and write support
i have my working

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Old 08-15-2004, 03:03 PM   #5
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If you are able to mount an ntfs partition and you choose to do so, you should be careful. I hear that writing to ntfs partitions can damage them.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 03:40 PM   #6
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I've got SuSE 9.1, it mounts the ntfs partitions but sets them to read only...
 
Old 08-15-2004, 03:57 PM   #7
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this is because either u mounted them with read permissions or ur kernel has support only for read permission
u need to compile ur kernel for write support
this is there in the 2.6 kernel

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Old 08-15-2004, 04:02 PM   #8
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Oh - I was just stating that it mounts it as read only. I'm not too bothered about write support since it'll damage ntfs partitions.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 06:18 PM   #9
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writeing ntfs nolonger damager the partiton,, but it is limited to few tasks... its almost useless.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 09:57 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by qwijibow
writeing ntfs nolonger damager the partiton,, but it is limited to few tasks... its almost useless.
hey
can u lease elaborate what do u intend to say by the above

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Old 08-15-2004, 10:03 PM   #11
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The driver that comes as part of the kernel can only modify existing files without changing the file size. No creating new files or adding new data. Which is to say it is quite useless. The Captive NTFS driver is the only solution available right now that has any practical use.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 10:16 PM   #12
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The driver that comes as part of the kernel can only modify existing files without changing the file size. No creating new files or adding new data. Which is to say it is quite useless. The Captive NTFS driver is the only solution available right now that has any practical use.
if such is the case with NTFS driver then i think it is quite useless.
i will also check for the above after i get my kernel recompiled

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Old 08-19-2004, 02:47 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by comp12345
The driver that comes as part of the kernel can only modify existing files without changing the file size. No creating new files or adding new data. Which is to say it is quite useless. The Captive NTFS driver is the only solution available right now that has any practical use.
But you can copy/paste across partitions!
So copy/paste, delete ntfs partition and make it FAT32 so nt and linux both can see it if you ever decide to use windoze again.

I am trying to do it so I can have a dependable storage drive ^^

edit: FAT32 is good for writing and reading i think for linux, that is why i say this -_-
 
Old 08-19-2004, 10:09 AM   #14
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I just created a "share" partition so I can share my thunderbird email profile amongst both operating systems, and also use that share for similar things.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 12:48 PM   #15
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I still boot into Windows XP, adn there is no way in Hades that I am going to convert that to FAT32....

Plus, I have a 40 GB partition with music in it and nowhere to put it as a backup - I really loathe trying to convert it back to FAT32 and possibly messing up the partition and losing all that entertainment - so I think I will leave it as an NTFS partition as well. And this in spite of hte fact that I trust Partition Magic implicitly with my partitioning needs....
 
  


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