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Old 12-08-2005, 12:58 PM   #1
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Can you write to NTFS partitions through SAMBA?


Does anyone know if it is possible to write to NTFS partitions, by accessing them from a separate Windows computer. Like this for example:

1. Mount NTFS partitions in the linux box
2. Setup Samba on the linux box and share all with write access
3. Using a separate Windows computer use network neighborhood, etc. to navigate to the NTFS partition on the linux box, and copy files, etc.

In this way could you write to the NTFS partition on the linux computer from the separate windows computer?

Old 12-08-2005, 01:08 PM   #2
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Simple answer, no. Reason, the Linux box uses its code to read and write any partition. Since the file system is NTFS, and write is not directly supported, you are out of luck. There is experimental software available. I would not use it for anything other than testing.
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The remote computer doesn't have direct access to the drive, if you can't read/write to the drive with the local linux system then you won't be able to read/write to it remotely with Windows
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the local file system has no relation whatsoever to the smb / cifs protocol. it's still the server that's writing to the drives. it's not like somehow a remote machine can program disk io operations or something.
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Ok, thanks for the quick responses.


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