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How to mount external USB NTFS drive on Ubuntu

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We have a Linux Ubuntu 7.04 machine in the office, we want to backup the data on the machine so we bought an external USB drive to do so.  The USB drive is preformatted in ntfs and has 750GIg.  When I connect the drive to the ubuntu machine it tells us that we cannot access the drive.  How can I mount the drive so that it is accessible through Ubuntu?  Is it possible to make the configuration permanent so that if we disconnect/reconnect the drive it is recognized and read/write ready automatically (so that I wouldn't have to mount the drive everytime we connect it.)?  We need to have the drive portable so that we can also connect it on windows machine on demand...
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by:http:// thevpn.guru
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Try to install ntfs-3g

apt-get install ntfs-3g
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by:Lilgansta
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I'm a real newbie when it comes to linux,  can you direct me a little more in details on how to install ntfs-3g??
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execute

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g
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All those command should be executed in a command window logged as su?  
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by:http:// thevpn.guru
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yeah they can be executed as a regular user as well you will be prompted for the su pwd.
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Will this be a permanent solution or do I have to redo that command everytime I connect the drive?
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Unless there is something forcing you to use NTFS, you might consider using FAT32. A USB drive with that file system will automount under /media in Ubuntu. FAT 32 works for windows as well, of course...
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