Fedora Core 5 fstab mounting ntfs volume

Posted on 2006-04-10
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I currently have this line in my /etc/fstab file to mount my NTFS volume which works correctly - however when I try to write to the drive, it says its a read only filesystem.  How can I make this writeable by myself, not only root?

/dev/hdb1       /mnt/windows    ntfs    ro,defaults,umask=0222  0 0

Question by:jpipitone
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    You mounted it as read-only, the option "ro" as in "ro,defaults,umask=0222".

    Change the "ro" to "rw", umount /dev/hdb1 and mount it again.

    ** There must be some reasons why it is mounted as read-only by default. Possibly NTFS can only be mounted as read-only because your kernel does not support writing to it.

    The kernel must be compiled with NTFS write support in order to support rw to NTFS. Even then, write support to NTFS is quite limited, there are some restrictions, such as, you can't simply create/delete files.

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    Change your fstab file  line  that  reads:

    /dev/hdb1       /mnt/windows    ntfs    ro,defaults,umask=0222  0 0


    /dev/hdb1      /mnt/windows      ntfs      rw,defaults,umask=0000  0 0


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    To install NTFS driver easily via yum just make sure livna repository is enabled. It's all it the excellent HOWTO here:
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    Thanks guys...

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