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Old 01-03-2016, 11:09 AM   #1
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mount NTFS partition for windows 8 use in Mint 17

Recently installed Mint 17 on an HP 2000 laptop with a 300+ GB HDD as dual boot with Windows 8. Besides the Win and Mint partitions I had a 150 GB partition formatted as NTFS I mount as "Data" at start up.

/etc/fstab entry:
/dev/disk/by-uuid/3BC5713C5EA51826 /media/mark/Data auto nosuid,nodev,nofail 0 0
All files perms at Data are shown as
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root root
. I do have access to the root files as user mark. I can remove and modify them, so it seems to work. When I exec
sudo chown -R mark: /media/mark/Data
it takes a while but files perms have not changed. I have read something about NTFS not supporting file perms.

I have a external USB drive as well. It is magically mounted when connected. No entry in /etc/fstab and I do not know where the mount info is. All files on this drive are
-rw------- 2 mark mark
. I cannot chown or chmod these files either.

So I guess my question are:

Should I format my drive differently?

If not, what do I need to use in /etc/fstab to mount the Data partition to result in file perms
-rw------- 2 mark mark

Side note: spent a couple days trying to get this to work. There is no lack of info out there, probably too much info for me to sort it all out. Lots of suggestion like ntfs-3g formatting that is not even listed in the man page for fstab. So I think I just need a little direct help on this one.
Old 01-04-2016, 09:07 AM   #2
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Standard Linux permission aren't understood by windows so you need to use umask, dmask or fmask options in fstab. The link below is to the Ubuntu forums and the first post has a very detailed explanation and also some examples.
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Thank you. Exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately I didn't search for the right terms so this never came up. Thanks for taking the time to reply. My partition is now working great!


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