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Old 01-16-2006, 10:33 AM   #1
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Linux NTFS Write Support Now?

I was just wondering did the 2.6 Linux Kernel now get write support for NTFS? I noticed in the NTFS section it says write support new and it doesn't say espirmental any more.
Old 01-16-2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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Looks like it- well partially:
(kernel 2.6.15)
NTFS write support NTFS_RW

This enables the partial, but safe, write support in the NTFS driver.

The only supported operation is overwriting existing files, without
changing the file length.  No file or directory creation, deletion or
renaming is possible.  Note only non-resident files can be written to
so you may find that some very small files (<500 bytes or so) cannot
be written to.

While we cannot guarantee that it will not damage any data, we have
so far not received a single report where the driver would have
damaged someones data so we assume it is perfectly safe to use.

Note:  While write support is safe in this version (a rewrite from
scratch of the NTFS support), it should be noted that the old NTFS
write support, included in Linux 2.5.10 and before (since 1997),
is not safe.

This is currently useful with TopologiLinux.  TopologiLinux is run
on top of any DOS/Microsoft Windows system without partitioning your
hard disk.  Unlike other Linux distributions TopologiLinux does not
need its own partition.  For more information see

It is perfectly safe to say N here.
I don't know how useful it actually is..
Old 01-16-2006, 11:06 AM   #3
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i think you can modify existing files but that is the extent. You cant create new files or delete files.


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