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Old 10-05-2014, 03:22 AM   #1
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Mounting NTFS, Mandriva 2009.1 (Spring, 32-bit)

Yes, I know 2009.1 is out of date. But I am doing a temporary backup project and I have to use whatever Linux DVDs I have lying around. I want to relate a behavior that is counter-productive. My chassis is an HP Pavilion A350N mid-tower. The motherboard inside is an ASUS P4SD-LA (perhaps not the original motherboard). I have 1 GB RAM.

I am trying to copy files to a 1 TB SATA drive, which is partitioned as 800 GB NTFS and the rest EXT4.

Before I mount the NTFS partition, the mount point looks like this:

drwxr-xr-x /mnt/1tb-sdc1

After I mount the NTFS partition, it looks like this:

dr-x------ /mnt/1tb-sdc1 ntfs (rw)

And, predictably, when I try to copy files to this 1 TB drive, Midnight Commander says it is a read-only file system.

When I unmount the partition, the directory /mnt/1tb-sdc1 goes back to drwxr-xr-x.

But when I mount the EXT4 partition (onto /mnt/1tb-sdc2), the permissions do NOT change, and I can copy files freely.

What is changing the directory permissions on the NTFS mount? Is there some sort of protection mechanism in place? I want to copy stuff from IDE drives to the 1 TB SATA, since IDE systems are getting pretty rare these days. I am trying to get a machine that will read both, but 2 or 3 such systems died on me, just in the effort to get this file copying project done! (Also 2 electrical outlets in my computer room failed last week, and they will need a professional to repair; I think drywall must be torn out.)

I am working as root. I am experienced, and this machine has no internet access. It is a temporary rig. Also I need root permissions to copy stuff, mount partitions, etc. I am comfortable working as root for this file backup project.

Why do the permissions change on the NTFS mount (so I cannot copy the files I need to copy), and the permissions do not change on the EXT4 mount? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 10-06-2014, 07:57 AM   #2
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By whatever DVDs are lying around does that mean you are running only live versions?

What file system type are you using to mount the partition i.e. ntfs vs ntfs-3g?
ntfs is read only. If ntfs-3g was not installed by default and if you do not want to copy all the files to the ext partition then you will need to take a different path.

In a nutshell permissions are different between the two operating systems and therefore you need to mount the partition as a particular user with permissions set using the umask option. If using ntfs-3g then try using umask=000 mount option.
Old 10-25-2014, 02:34 AM   #3
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Smile Okay.....

I'm running an Asus P4SD-LA with 1 GB Ram. Kernel is Video card is a GeForce 6300 GT, 256 Meg AGP. I'm installing a stand-alone installation, but no internet access since this is just a temporary machine.

My 120 GB IDE boot drive has:

/dev/sda1 7.7 GB -- the system, ext4 IIRC
/dev/sda2 extended partition, rest of disk
/dev/sda5 swap (reasonable amount)
/dev/sda6 /home -- 99 GB, ext4 IIRC

(Various IDE and SATA drives may be connected [and partitions mounted] to move files around.)

According to my notes as a long-time Mandriva person, NTFS WRITING is turned ON by default in 2008.1, and it worked reliably. Do you think they "regressed" with 2009.1?

Is there another subsystem that I need to install to handle NTFS? Please tell me.

(I'm about to reinstall because the X-server suddenly won't start. Drakconf naturally chooses GeForce 6100 and later, it causes reboots. Changing to "Generic frame buffer 1280 x 1024 16 bpp" simply causes the monitor to go to sleep until after the test ends and drakconf takes over again.)

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