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Old 05-12-2008, 06:22 PM   #1
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NTFS write supported?

I have a flash disk with NTFS partition. I'd like to write some files there (from linux.) Is linux still incapable of writing to NTFS?
Old 05-12-2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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I believe with the 2.6x kernels you can write over existing files but not create new files. Hang in there, I'm sure somebody else out there knows better and will post a more complete answer.
Old 05-12-2008, 06:50 PM   #3
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Read-only support for NTFS has existed in the Linux kernel for quite some time now, and at this point it's a pretty mature driver. Write access to NTFS is something a little bit newer, and is usually provided in the form of the ntfs-3g driver. This is a newer driver and more prone to bugs, so be careful when working with any highly critical data. That said, I haven't had any problems with it, nor have I heard too many problems reported with it.

The official download location for ntfs-3g is, although your distro's package manager probably provides a package for it. Once it's installed, you can mount an ntfs-3g volume at the command line like:
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda /mnt/mountpoint
replacing devices and directories with their respective locations. Alternatively, you can do it through a GUI using your distro's provided tools.

Hope that made sense.


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