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Old 12-08-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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A question about accessing ntfs partitions as user


Sorry to ask a question Im sure will be considered simple by most. My problem is I cant access my ntfs storage partitions as user in slackware 13. Ive tried many things Ive found doing searches with no luck. When I attempt to access the drive I get the message "could not enter folder DATA". Here is a copy of my fstab.

/dev/sda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sdb6 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sdb9 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/sda1 /win ntfs defaults 1 0
/dev/sdb1 /DATA ntfs defaults 1 0
/dev/sdb5 /data vfat defaults 1 0
#/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0

I have no trouble accessing it as root but really need to access as user.
 
Old 12-08-2009, 03:26 PM   #2
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I think you may have neglected to mount them during the install.

Heres my fstab

/dev/sdb3 /media/sdb3 ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/sda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sda6 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/sda1 /media/Windows ntfs-3g umask=000 1 0 <--see post #4
/dev/sda2 /media/NTFS ntfs-3g umask=000 1 0 <--see post #4
#/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0

Last edited by slackass; 12-08-2009 at 04:26 PM.
 
Old 12-08-2009, 03:28 PM   #3
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My own notes for opensuse are

"To enable user write permissions on NTFS drives, add dmask=002 in /etc/fstab for the NTFS drive entry."
 
Old 12-08-2009, 03:31 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by slackass View Post
I think you may have neglected to mount them during the install.

Heres my fstab

/dev/sdb3 /media/sdb3 ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/sda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sda6 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/sda1 /media/Windows" ntfs-3g umask=000 1 0
/dev/sda2 /media/NTFS ntfs-3g umask=000 1 0
#/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
Note the parts in red. The ntfs-g is required for read/write, the umask value for user read/write.

Change your disk/partition to correct values.

This is Slackware. In the install, it even asks you if you want it to change to 'umask=000' for user read/write access. Fairly easy to miss.

Last edited by cwwilson721; 12-08-2009 at 03:34 PM. Reason: Additional info for SLACKWARE, not Suse
 
Old 12-08-2009, 03:44 PM   #5
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Note the parts in red. The ntfs-g is required for read/write, the umask value for user read/write.

Change your disk/partition to correct values.

This is Slackware. In the install, it even asks you if you want it to change to 'umask=000' for user read/write access. Fairly easy to miss.
Thanks, but I did it on purpose. But your are correct, with my setup it's easy bork windows.
 
Old 12-08-2009, 03:57 PM   #6
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You were fine, SA....

I just wanted to point out the relevant parts in red, to make it easier for the OP to see what the issue was between yours and the OP's fstab, and to explain what was going on...

I love Slackware, because it teaches you what you need to know, not just "Point and click", so you learn the whys of what is going on.

Now the OP knows why those are needed.

Your post was fine, just needed a little clarification for future reference, and for future users to see.
 
Old 12-08-2009, 04:20 PM   #7
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You were fine, SA....

I just wanted to point out the relevant parts in red, to make it easier for the OP to see what the issue was between yours and the OP's fstab, and to explain what was going on...

I love Slackware, because it teaches you what you need to know, not just "Point and click", so you learn the whys of what is going on.

Now the OP knows why those are needed.

Your post was fine, just needed a little clarification for future reference, and for future users to see.
Actually, you are right. I should not have posted my fstab without making sure that the OP knows of the dangers of screwing up C drive with user read/write
 
Old 12-08-2009, 08:40 PM   #8
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Thank you both for your answering posts. But root already has read/write access to the disk and I dont need that for a user only read only. So what would I add to simply give users ro access? Im really sorry as this is certainly one of my weakest areas of knowledge.
 
Old 12-08-2009, 10:12 PM   #9
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I'm not very sharp on this stuff because I always setup my windows partitions during the install but I "think" your fstab lines should look something like this.

/dev/sda1 /Windows ntfs-3g umask=022 1 0
/dev/sdb1 /NTFS ntfs-3g umask=022 1 0
 
Old 12-08-2009, 10:20 PM   #10
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Also no joy with ntfs-3g edits. With that added to fstab I no longer get the "cant access folder DATA" error but it appears to open but shows partition empty. Im looking forward to getting this done so Ill know how to handle an issue like this in the future. And I agree cwwilson I love slackware myself for the same reason. I just dont usually get so stumped by something that seems should be simple.
 
Old 12-08-2009, 10:22 PM   #11
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Thank you slackass Ill give that a try now.
 
Old 12-08-2009, 10:33 PM   #12
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No luck with that one either Slackass. Same result as other edit - appears to open with no error message but shows empty.
 
Old 12-08-2009, 10:39 PM   #13
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If you don't mind can you post your /etc/fstab and fdisk -l
 
Old 12-08-2009, 10:47 PM   #14
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Thank you guys for all the help I found what I needed in another thread I didnt see earlier. Heres my new fstab that works.

/dev/sda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sdb6 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sdb9 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/sda1 /win ntfs defaults 1 0
/dev/sdb1 /DATA ntfs ro,user,umask=022 1 0
/dev/sdb5 /data vfat defaults 1 0
#/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0

Ill mark this solved and hope it will help others in the future.
 
Old 12-08-2009, 10:54 PM   #15
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EDIT: glad you solved it.

Last edited by ~sHyLoCk~; 12-08-2009 at 10:57 PM.
 
  


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