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#1 2013-07-22 15:28:43

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Registered: 2013-07-22
Posts: 2

Mounting NTFS partitions

I don't even know if it can be done but, can anyone give me some hints about mounting Windows-friendly NTFS partitions?
I mean, by default Crunchbang doesn't create short file names (those ending in ~1 in Windows), is case sensitive, and all that sort of thing that Windows has problems dealing with. Is there any solution for this?

Last edited by mas (2013-07-22 16:10:58)


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#2 2013-07-22 16:12:05

#! Die Hard
Registered: 2012-11-14
Posts: 1,948

Re: Mounting NTFS partitions

I think you should mount your NTFS (Windows) partitions using ntfs-3g.

Something like 'sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt' in a terminal, or perhaps your file manager will auto mount the drive if you click on the drive.

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#3 2013-07-22 16:31:49

#! Die Hard
From: Monrovia, CA
Registered: 2012-01-19
Posts: 886

Re: Mounting NTFS partitions

The easiest way to mount and manage mounts is to install disk-manager

sudo apt-get install disk-manager

Then run

sudo disk-manager

from a terminal and you can then manage all your drives and how they are mounted. Fatmac is correct, you will need to mount with ntfs-3g if you want to read/write.


#4 2013-07-23 12:30:56

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Registered: 2013-07-22
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Re: Mounting NTFS partitions

Thanks for the replies, but that doesn't solve my problem. The partition could already be mounted and used by Linux and Windows, the point is that Linux can use it taking advantage of all NTFS features (long paths and filenames, duplication of names due to case sensitivity, etc.) which I wouldn't mind if Windows didn't get screwed up by it. For instance, you can create a file with a long name from Linux but that file becomes unusable in Windows because it lacks its short name, it can't be accessed unless the long name is shortened or a second 8.3 name is created.

Again, I don't know if it can be achieved, and I think that Linux general support for short names in NTFS was dropped long time ago, but I'm wondering if there's some way to force Crunchbang to mount and use NTFS partitions to the taste of Windows.



#5 2013-07-23 12:42:36

#! Windbag
From: Cary, NC
Registered: 2010-12-08
Posts: 1,487

Re: Mounting NTFS partitions

I have no problems going to/from ntfs file systems, long or short names.  My USB external drive (Music) is formatted NTFS so I can use it on Windows and Linux.
FWIW, when I search in synaptic for NTFS, I get ntfs-3g and ntfsprogs.
My /etc/fstab line is:
# NTFS USB Drive
UUID=[my UUID NTFS device]                /media/external  ntfs    uid=[my user id],gid=users    0       0

But you don't really need it.  There are other ways to mount it.


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#6 2013-07-23 12:45:24

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From: SR11 Cockpit
Registered: 2010-05-05
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Re: Mounting NTFS partitions

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