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I just gave up on windows XP, hoping to find something better with linux. I installed Mandrake 9.2 onto my 6 gb hd and I have a 111 gb hd formatted as NTFS. I have files that I need on the NTFS partition, but Linux says I don't access rights to it. Please help this wannabe windows hater. sad.gif
Is the NTFS partition mounted?
If not then look in the FAQs of this site under Support>Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at a post called "How to mount a drive or partition"

If you want this partition to automatically mount when you login to linux, I saw a good post in the technical support forum a couple of days ago about editing the /etc/fstab file.

If you have already done so, or after you mount the partition you may need to login as root and change the permissions to the partition. To do this right click on the folder for the directory in /mnt that you mounted it to, then go to properties and click on the permissions tab. Actually this is how I do it in Red Hat, hopefully its the same in Mandrake. Also there is probably a way to do it at unix prompt but as you can see I am new to linux as well and am not sure how to do it. You also may need to right click on whichever hard drive your NTFS partition is in the /dev directory and set the permissions there also. For example I have a FAT32 partition on hda5 which is /dev/hda5.

Hopefully I have described this procedure correctly. Any more senior members please correct me, I have only discovered this process through reading man pages and trial and error.

Also, even though you can read NTFS partitions in linux, you cannot write to them. Actually I guess it is possible but dangerous. If you had planned on sharing files between linux and windows maybe you should consider formatting a part of you NTFS partition as FAT32, which linux can write to. I have done this and find it very convenient.
The links for ahilliar are:


Here is the Linux-NTFS project page ... they write the drivers to read NTFS partitions fom Linux:

(BTW, don't write to NTFS partitions from Linux ... the results may not be good!)
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