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    Default ntfs Read/Write problem

    Hi
    I sometimes need to read/write files to my windows partition,but although I can read and copy files from windows I cannot write to the windows partition, I get the message
    "Access denied-could not write to /windows/D/media.
    I have ntfs-config installed also ntfs-3g. This has worked in the past when running Suse10.3. The only other difference in my system is that I have installed Wubi on my windows partition so that i could play about with Ubuntu, could this cause this problem?

    Thanks for any help and advice given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solmisation View Post
    I sometimes need to read/write files to my windows partition,but although I can read and copy files from windows I cannot write to the windows partition, I get the message
    "Access denied-could not write to /windows/D/media.
    I have ntfs-config installed also ntfs-3g.
    Its likely you simply need to tune your /etc/fstab file. Can you post here the output of copying and pasting the following, one line at a time, in a gnome-terminal or a kde konsole:
    cat /etc/fstab
    df -Th
    su -c 'fdisk -l'
    and enter root password when prompted.

    Quote Originally Posted by solmisation View Post
    This has worked in the past when running Suse10.3. The only other difference in my system is that I have installed Wubi on my windows partition so that i could play about with Ubuntu, could this cause this problem?
    Unlikely, although I confess I do not know the first thing about Wubi.

    With the information I requested, we can likely provide you an edit to your /etc/fstab file that will solve your problem.

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    Hi the output is as follows
    ian@linux-hs47:~> cat /etc/fstab
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_SP2014NS088J1JL803742-part1 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_SP2014NS088J1JL803742-part2 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_SP2014NS088J1JL803742-part3 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1200JB-00WD-WMACM2070708-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_GB.UTF-8 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1200JB-00WD-WMACM2070708-part5 /windows/D ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_GB.UTF-8 0 0
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
    debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
    devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
    ian@linux-hs47:~> df -Th
    Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sdb2 ext3 20G 16G 3.4G 83% /
    udev tmpfs 506M 108K 506M 1% /dev
    /dev/sdb3 ext3 162G 106G 48G 69% /home
    /dev/sda1 fuseblk 21G 19G 1.1G 95% /windows/C
    /dev/sda5 fuseblk 92G 53G 39G 58% /windows/D
    ian@linux-hs47:~> su -c 'fdisk -l'
    Password:

    Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x97499747

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 2611 20972826 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 2612 14593 96245415 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 2612 14593 96245383+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/sdb: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00077b1d

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 1 262 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sdb2 263 2873 20972857+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb3 2874 24321 172281060 83 Linux

    Thanks for the reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by solmisation View Post
    Hi the output is as follows
    ian@linux-hs47:~> cat /etc/fstab ............ snipped .......
    OK thanks. That looks very straight forward.

    I believe you need to
    • Change fmask=133 to fmask=113
    • Change dmask=022 to dmask=002

    So please change your /etc/fstab file to:
    Code:
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_SP2014NS088J1JL803742-part1 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_SP2014NS088J1JL803742-part2 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_SP2014NS088J1JL803742-part3 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1200JB-00WD-WMACM2070708-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=113,dmask=002,locale=en_GB.U TF-8 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1200JB-00WD-WMACM2070708-part5 /windows/D ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=113,dmask=002,locale=en_GB.U TF-8 0 0
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
    debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
    devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
    Then restart your PC to MS-Windows, and ensure you close Windows properly. Then restart to openSUSE, and if you closed MS-Windows properly, you should have (under openSUSE) read-write to your NTFS drives. They will be mounted under /windows/C and /windows/D.

    My reference for this is:
    NTFS - openSUSE

    Note, you need to use root permissions to edit the /etc/fstab file. If running KDE you can open an editor with:
    kdesu kwrite /etc/fstab
    and if using gnome, something like
    gnomesu gedit /etc/fstab
    enter root password when prompted for a password when editing. Be very careful, for if you mess this up, you will not be able to boot your PC.

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    Default Re: ntfs Read/Write problem

    That worked.

    Thank you very much for your help.

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