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Old 10-26-2003, 01:53 PM   #1
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I can't write enable my ntfs partitions

Hi, I am having some trouble in being able to write to a drive that has several ntfs partitions on it. I can read ok on them but that is it.

Here is my fstab:

/dev/hde1 /mnt/Audio1Working ntfs auto,user,rw,umask=0000 0 0
/dev/hde2 /mnt/Audio2 ntfs auto,user,rw,umask=0000 0 0
/dev/hde3 /mnt/Audio3 ntfs auto,user,rw,umask=0000 0 0
/dev/hde4 /mnt/Backups ntfs auto,user,rw,umask=0000 0 0

I have tried using the command

"chmod go+rwx /mnt/Audio1Working"

but I get this message:

"chmod: changing permissions of `/mnt/Audio1Working': Read-only file system"

What am I doing wrong?

It would be great if someone could help, thanks.
Old 10-26-2003, 02:10 PM   #2
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The NTFS drivers are read-only. There is a version of them that includes safe writing support, but it is extremely limited, only allows naming and deleting, or something like that. Basically, you cannot write to NTFS under linux
Old 10-26-2003, 02:32 PM   #3
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Do you know if support for NTFS is on the books at all? Or it it a technical thing that means it will never be supported?
Old 10-26-2003, 02:34 PM   #4
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Writing is very experimental. Also you need to recompile the kernel to write to NTFS partitions. With your setup you can literally damage your NTFS partitions if writing was supported in the kernel.

Use FAT instead if you are hopping from Windows to LINUX.
Old 10-26-2003, 02:46 PM   #5
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Actually, current write support is SAFE, it just does almost nothing . There are people working on it, but NTFS is a closed filesystem designed to be difficult to reverse engineer :\. Also, you do not need to recompile your kernel, goto
Old 10-26-2003, 03:23 PM   #6
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The other annoying thing about ntfs is that there are at least three versions of it. Microsft has updated it I don't know how many times.

You can't reverse-engineer a moving target--and they know that. No one can release a "Safe and Stable" driver until they are sure it will remain the same.

Maybe after they release their "new and improved" microsft file system in their next generation platform.


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