HOW TO: Write to NTFS Drives in Ubuntu

8 06 2007

Ubuntu by default can mount NTFS drives but does not support writing to them. However, there is a driver in the universal repositories called ntfs-3g which allows you to mount NTFS drives as well as write to them – making dual-booting Windows even sweeter:

“sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g ntfs-config”

ntfs-3g is the driver that lets you write to NTFS drives, where ntfs-config is the GUI tool which should appear under Applications > System Tools > NTFS Configuration Tool that allows you to select if you want an internal or external device to be writeable.

 


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20 06 2007
ukickey

I think that ntfs-3g on Ubuntu has already an ability to writing NTFS partition. But it wasn’t automatic and we should mount it manually by CLI.

21 06 2007
huygens-25

@ukickey
The default installed driver on Ubuntu 7.04 is the Linux-NTFS release. Which has no write capabilities by default.
ntfs-3g is a branch of the later that evolved faster to the goal of being able to safely write to a NTFS partition. The Linux-NTFS driver had many goals to concentrate only on that one. Now work done on ntfs-3g are being merge back to Linux-NTFS.

So, on current Ubuntu, you need to install ntfs-3g to be able to write to NTFS disks. But it is not mandatory to use the command line (CLI). As advised on the post above, if you install ntfs-config, you can activate writing on NTFS disks using a nice and ultra-simple graphical user interface (GUI).

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