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Old 03-11-2004, 10:15 AM   #1
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Why can't we write to NTFS?

I'm just curious as to why NTFS is read-only.

If the code/technology is there to READ NTFS data in, then how can the ability to write to NTFS be absent?
Old 03-11-2004, 10:17 AM   #2
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you can ...
by default, it is enabled 'read-only'. when u configure ur kernel, u have an option (i know it's there in 2.6, and must be there in prior versions) to have it read and write.
however, u can look up the reason why it is discouraged.
Old 03-11-2004, 11:33 AM   #3
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The NTFS file system is a closed proprietary format. It is a complex database system. Furthermore, the NTFS has also been evolving with winXP's NTFS having more features than the winNT's NTFS. As such the open source community is unable to write programs to safely write to the NTFS partition. Fortunately, linux can read reliably from the NTFS partition.

I've read in one of the threads about a not "free beer" program that could write to NTFS.
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At it's present state, the NTFS driver in the linux kernel is very limited in write capabilities. You can only modify existing files and cannot change the size of the file. Alternatively, you can Captive.

Other people seem to have great success using it. You can try searching for other threads for more info, as this has been discussed many times before.


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