LINUX Box with NTFS Volumes, Possible?

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by kostas, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. kostas

    kostas New Member

    Hello everybody,
    congratulations for all the help provided through this site.

    I am intersted in converting a Windows machine to running Open SuSE 10.2 and what i would like an opinion about is wether Samba can see, use and share NTFS volumes installed on the linux box itself.

    There are to disks full of stuf that i would like to keep as they are, so can i install suse on a disk which will ofcourse serve as the system disk and keep the other two intact and still have access to them within my network?

    Any help appreciated
    Thanks a lot
  2. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    On the same box it's going to be difficult... except if you use the ntfs partition in an own vmware box and hence it will be a "seperate" box where windows will take control over ntfs... ok, this applies if you want write access on the ntfs partition

    If you just want read access that can be fairly easy done... you don't need anything special for it, you just need to mount it:

    (1) First make the mounting dir: mkdir /media/c_drive
    (2) Then mount the partition: mount /dev/hda1 /media/c_drive/ -t ntfs -r -o umask=0222 (if hda1 is the ntfs drive)
    (3) Automount it at bootup (alter /etc/fstab) and add:
    /dev/hda1 /media/c_drive ntfs ro,defaults,umask=0222 0 0

    There are some drivers that will let linux also write to ntfs partitions however they are generally considered experimental... although many user have no negative side effects it might well be that in your case there will be problems and you might loose all data on it...

    So if you want RW access to the ntfs drive I rather suggest using a virtual machine by VMWare and have it accessed that way...

    However if you can convert it to Fat32 then RW accerss is no problem at all. However Fat32 is limited to 2GB files... you cannot have files larger than 2 GB...
  3. kostas

    kostas New Member

    thanks a lot for the reply sjau
    i think i'm going to make an attempt... see where it leads me...
    i'll post my findings.. maybe suggest a how to tutorial...

    thanks again
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  5. domino

    domino New Member

    i've used ntfs-3g since it went public on both my internal and ext usb drives. i've had no issues with it at all.

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