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Old 01-08-2004, 05:16 PM   #1
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Question NTFS Write-Protected?


Ok, I recently figured out that Mandrake mounted my Windows partition for me (that's helpful) to /mnt/windows. I heard that Mandrake could write to NTFS partitions. But it seems that it's write-protected, is there anything I need to do to allow Mandrake to write to NTFS drives or do I need to do something to my partition? I'm kinda confused here, I've only been using Linux for a few days.
 
Old 01-08-2004, 05:48 PM   #2
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My understanding is this:

You cannot write/save files on the Windows partition, only read.

If you want to edit/save something on the Windows partition, copy it over to your linux partition and save it there. You can only READ things on the Windows NTFS file system. There probably is some way to write, but I heard it's not perfect and actually dangerous!
 
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Ah, thanks much. But if I created a new NTFS partition and had Windows on a seperate partition, I could read/write to that?
 
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Ah, thanks much. But if I created a new NTFS partition and had Windows on a seperate partition, I could read/write to that?
You will only be able to read/write to that NTFS partition IN WINDOWS ONLY. You can't save files to the NTFS in linux.
 
Old 01-08-2004, 07:06 PM   #5
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You will only be able to read/write to that NTFS partition IN WINDOWS ONLY. You can't save files to the NTFS in linux.
Oh, I get it now. Thanks.
 
Old 01-09-2004, 03:29 AM   #6
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Hi

Try this ,

don,t create new files, open an already existing file modify and save

it might work. The downside is that you have to lose an existing file.

lemme know if it works , never tried it though.

cheers
 
Old 01-09-2004, 04:22 AM   #7
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Ntfs writing is still experimental and not encouraged. I think there is a company providing write support for ntfs but it is not free (google if you interested..)
By the way there is afik 2 ntfs formats ! The new one is used with XP (and 2000?) and add the volume concept to the old format (and annoy dual-booters a bit more !)
There is a easy cop out : add a fat partition . Linux will have no problem read/writing it and in XP you won't notice the difference with a ntfs one.
(Ntfs partitions are advertised for their robustness but when broken i still prefer an old Fat one any day ! And anyway you do make backups do you ? )
 
Old 01-09-2004, 05:07 AM   #8
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mmm

Its a bit bothersome knowing that *nix cant do something ey.

why is this still experimental, just as a matter of interest.
 
Old 01-09-2004, 05:45 AM   #9
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It's experimental because they have to reverse-engineer it (i.e. create a new file in Windows, then analyse the drive with a hex editor to see what changes it made, then try to do the same without corrupting the drive). As with most (all?) Microsoft technologies, the specifications are kept secret so it's not easy to implement.
 
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Check this out
http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/
 
Old 01-09-2004, 05:04 PM   #11
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It's ok, I just moved all my files to a FAT32 partition. Thanks anyway.
 
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Originally posted by MindFlayer
Ah, thanks much. But if I created a new NTFS partition and had Windows on a seperate partition, I could read/write to that?
and then later
It's ok, I just moved all my files to a FAT32 partition. Thanks anyway.
Ok, I was just about to ask if there was any particular reason that you wanted to create a sharing partition (I am presuming that is why you're asking: so you can share files between Windows and Linux) with NTFS filesystem? FAT32 is by far easier than NTFS... as you will no doubt find out now
 
Old 05-04-2004, 05:36 PM   #13
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Just to let everyone know that i was able to write to NTFS from windows by sharing the drive and checking the box to allow network users to change files(this is done under xp). Im not sure its stable as everyone else has said and i would hate to corrupt my data, so i still have fat32 to write to my windows box from linux. Can any1 else do the same and is it safe to do? BTW im running mandrake 10.0 official
 
  


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