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Old 07-22-2005, 09:30 PM   #1
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Unable to access NTFS on linux box from windows...

My current setup consists of a laptop (acer travelmate) running winxp with wireless access and a desktop dual booting ubuntu linux and winxp with wired access.

I have managed to set up a basic samba network so that the laptop can see 1 of 2 shared disks on the desktop when the desktop is booted into linux. i can get as far as browsing the desktop's regular IDE disk over the network from my laptop. I can also see the 2nd disk on the desktop from my laptop. When I try to access this disk, however, I have a permission denied warning from windows.

I should mention that the first disk on the desktop has 2 shared partitions in NTFS and FAT32. The second disk is formatted entirely in NTFS and is SATA.

Am I missing something obvious here or do i have to mount the SATA disk in any special way to let samba use it?

To reiterate for clarity:

Setup: laptop running winxp wants to browse both disks on a desktop running ubuntu.
Problem: laptop can see *all* shared folders on desktop (including those on the SATA disk) but cannot access anything on the SATA disk. i.e., laptop can see that there is a folder shared but cannot go into it.

Also, i can't seem to see the laptop from the desktop at all. I was able to at one point, however, so i think this is probably some temporary issue that'll be resolved next time i restart one or the other.

EDIT: my mistake sorry, i was being stupid cos it's nearly 4 am. I can't actually see anything in ntfs in linux from my laptop. so question becomes: how do you set up samba so that a windows machine can access ntfs drives held on a linux box...?

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Old 07-23-2005, 08:27 AM   #2
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I dont believe you can.

I always thought that before you can create a samba share, you need to be able to write to the disk area as root.

If you are using Windows XP Professional, you could try changing the permissions on the disk to allow everyone full control of the filesystems (however this makes NTFS pointless!)

Generally, samba is used to make Linux/UNIX filesystems available to Windows clients, and whilst you can make a local FAT32 partition available though Linux using samba, it's not designed to do that.

If this machine is purely a fileserver, and you need to make these filesystems available to your laptop.

I'm probably not going to make any friends saying this but

Use the file sharing features in Windows

The other alternative is to make these filesystems FAT32

To convert from FAT32 to NTFS you would use the following dos command:
convert /C: /FS:NTFS

However this is a one way trip!

There is no command for converting back to FAT32 (you would need to reformat, reinstall, and restore)
Old 07-23-2005, 09:00 AM   #3
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as i feared.

not a problem tbh, that NTFS drive has always given me hassle so i'm backing up and formatting anyway. i'll just set up several FAT32 partitions, don't think it was ever a good idea to have a single 160 gig NTFS partition....

it's also been a total hassle having to reboot to xp just to organise data on that drive.

thanks anyway
Old 09-11-2005, 04:56 AM   #4
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It IS possible to use samba to browse your NTFS drives / partitions. At this stage NTFS is read only though (at least without a great deal of risk). If you can convince M$ to hand over the specs of their NTFS then it may become writeable too!

I've messed around with a lot of my settings trying to get samba to share my mounted NTFS drive.... so I'm not sure how important the earlier changes I made were.

The problem is not with samba for a start - if you can access other shares then obviously you're already in.

Initially I thought the mount permissions were the problem so tried the following:
mount -t ntfs /dev/hdb1 /media/WinXP -o ro,users,owner,umask=0222

I'm not sure if Ubuntu already has ntfs installed. My distro is Fedora Core 4, so I had to download the file system myself. The options above make the mount r-xr-xr-x.

To the crux of the matter: Does Ubuntu run SELinux?
If so, then it's probably blocking some aspect of smbd or nmbd for sharing the mount point. I set my SELinux to Permissive and it all worked!!

You'd still need to boot to WinXP to move / change files though.


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