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Old 06-25-2004, 08:31 PM   #1
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How to enable read-write support on NTFS?

Im running mandrake 10.0 official, and i need to know how to enable read-write support for my 'junk' partition (ie just games and mp3s and stuff, so i can have both windows and linux download to the same partition).

How do i enable this?

Is there a way to do this without recompiling the kernel?

And if it means recompiling the kernel from the kernel source will i lose all the hardware settings which mandrake has chosen for me (which all seem to have gotten my comp running supremely)?
Old 06-25-2004, 09:40 PM   #2
Jose Muņiz
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Well.. there's no real write support for NTFS support as far as I know... only read support and some weird experimental write support where you can only alter files as long as you don't modify their size.

However, looking through the news I found this that could help you:

See you =)
Old 06-26-2004, 05:59 AM   #3
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Grab a kernel with built-in NTFS support, or load the NTFS module for non-compiled in kernels. then in your /etc/fstab, mount the drive with the rw tag. i.e.:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows ntfs rw,uid=1000,gid=100 0 0

which automounts the drive with read / write access and changes the owner from root to user with id 1000 (good for actually writing as a non-root user).

Please note. NTFS writing is buggy and CAN AND MOST LIKELY WILL corrupt that filesystem.... use fat16 instead, or map a NTFS drive through a samba share.

If you must write directly to the NTFS partition, run ntfsfix (part of the ntfstools package) after every write to the NTFS drive, otherwise you can be in for some craptacular crappiness.
Old 06-26-2004, 08:15 AM   #4
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i think kernel 2.6.x is the only one with ntfs write support
Old 06-26-2004, 12:23 PM   #5
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i generaly make partions like that fat32, i only use NTFS for the partion i install windows on. its less of a head ache


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