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I am dual booting XP and SUSE using an NTFS USB External HD to store mainly music which I want when I am messing around with Linux. I can see ...
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- 06-27-2007 #1
- Join Date
- May 2007
Linux/NTFS permissions question
I can see my NTFS USB External HD in /media and listen to music no problem but can't delete any of the files or folders from Linux even when I'm root.
I was a bit concerned about changing the permissions using chmod/chown incase it locks me out when back in Windows. Also I'm not sure what permission to set in Windows (if necessary) that might allow my Linux logon to alter/delete files.
I understand how to set permissions in Linux and in NTFS but I am not sure about permissions between XP and Linux and if they affect each other.
Thanks for any help!
- 06-27-2007 #2
It doesn't have anything to do with permissions. Linux can by default not write to NTFS drives. For that you need a special driver called ntfs-3g. I am not too familiar with Suse but I assume you will be able to find it in the Yast repositories if you have the necessary ones enabled, else you can follow the link which will lead you to a straight download. It is likely that you don't have fuse, which you will also have to download in order to get ntfs-3g working, unless you do it via Yast, which will automatically resolve dependencies for you.
If you choose to do it via source take these steps after downloading the above files.
tar -zxvf fuse-filename.tar.gz
change your directory with the 'cd' command to the newly extracted folder.
(then as root) make install
After having done that do exactly the same with ntfs-3g, it is a .tgz file but the example is the same.
To mount your NTFS external drive, I assume it will be automatically mounted, in which case you will have to unmount it first by doing something like:
umount /dev/sdc1 (as root)
To make sure that that is your device run the command fdisk -l and check the list for your NTFS external drive. To mount it with read-write permissions do the following as root.
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdc1 /mnt/ExtNTFS -o defaults,umask=0
This will then mount it in the directory /mnt/ExtNTFS.
- 06-27-2007 #3
- Join Date
- May 2007
It was quite easy to do and once I read more about fstab and it settings (umask, uid and gid) I can now let my girlfriend access my music without her deleting it by mistake as the drive mounts the same every time
I am having a quirky problem with user switching tho, I'll post it seperately: