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Re: Permissions for mounted NTFS drive

Mark Knights wrote:

Hi all,

I have mounted my two XP NTFS drives successfully however am having
troubles with accessing them. I can get temporary access by going in as
root and setting permissions to all users for modify and read access but
that dies after about an hour or so.

My etc fstab lines look like....

/dev/hda1 /mnt/win1 ntfs nosuid,rw 0 0 /dev/hdb1 /mnt/win2 ntfs nosuid,rw 0 0

and that mounts them fine at boot.

I found this thread at Fedora Forums
which suggests I use;

/dev/hda1 /mnt/win1 -t ntfs -r -o umask=0222

in fstab so I tried it out.  It worked like a charm and gave me full
access to the drives.  But, when I reboot it does not remount the drives
and when I go to mount or unmount other things it tells me that the
lines that contain that code contain errors?

Can anyone give me a foolproof way for these drives to be mounted on
startup and allow full access to all users?



The fstab sintax is different from the mount one. I suggest you man fstab for more information.
The ntfs driver does not permit writing files except the one you want write has the same name and the same dimension of the one that is on the disk because the reverse engineering of NTFS is not complete and a complete writing support may damage the filesystem and cause a loss of data.
There is a project named "captive" that permit a complete write access because is a wrapper of the Microsoft NTFS driver.

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