Tech Notes

Read/Write NTFS partition in Ubuntu


Little background of this story: I have installed Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) on my laptop this week. And I had whole lot of issues coming around, but I’ll write about those in a later post, and I’ll keep this limited to the topic.

As I have this Ubuntu installed as a dual-boot with Windows Vista, which came along with my laptop. When I partitioned my drive on windows I had all of them in NTFS, and when I used GParted CD, I created the Linux partitions and a FAT partition.

I thought that this one FAT partition can be used as a sharing place between my Lin & Win, as all of my other NTFS partitions will be mounted in Ubuntu as ‘Read-Only’. But that idea changed soon, as I had to do many Writes on my NTFS files, such as my University projects, which I do in both Lin & Win. So I Googled….

And found the answer: NTFS-3G Read/Write Driver

The NTFS-3G driver is an open source, freely available read/write NTFS driver for Linux and other operating systems. It provides safe and fast handling of the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista file systems. And the great news is ‘the driver is in STABLE status’.

So installation was simple after arffering to

sudo apt-get install ntfs-config
gksu ntfs-config

Just two lines on the Terminal. It worked just like that, and now I have all my NTFS patrtitions Read/Write on my Ubuntu box.

So if you guys are on any Linux, this might be handy at times…

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