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Old 08-02-2006, 10:09 PM   #1
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Writing to NTFS HDD in FC5


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This is probably a super newb question, that's why I can't find any info on it - but how do you enable the write function to a NTFS drive? I have the drive mounted correctly (or at least the OS sees it when I start up). I'm running Fedora Core 5.

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Old 08-03-2006, 01:48 AM   #2
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There are already threads about this (just wrote one post this morning regarding this thing).

The native Linux ntfs driver you're using to mount the drive cannot, repeat: cannot write to the partition. For that you need external software like Captive, but even that can't guarantee the data is written correctly (it could be a 50% chance of succeeding in writing/deleting). There are some projects, Captive is not the only one around, but basically they just don't work all right at the moment; the chance of spoiling, failing and corrupting the write is big. Google about "Linux ntfs write support" and read about Captive first.

One more thing: not all of these things run on 64-bit machines so try to stick with 32-bit even if you try. But don't blame anybody but yourself if you fail to write half of the data and corrupt the rest. It just does not work well yet.

EDIT: this is why you should use FAT filesystem for transferring data between Windows and Linux; both can read/write to it..or get software on Windows that enables you to use the Linux ext-filesystems.

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