modifying ntfs files on windows partition

I have just installed Open Suse 11.4 Gnome, and I am trying to work on files on my windows partition that is ntfs, and it keeps telling me that they are “read only”…I check my /etc/fstab file and that it shows permissions at the end of the windows partions to be “0 0”, which I was told was what was I needed to be able to work on ntfs files in windows?:\

Make sure that the fstab entry specifies “ntfs-3g” for the filesystem type, and make sure that “ro” is not being set as an option.

Check whether you can write it as root. If you can, then you might need to set “uid=” and/or “gid=” options to make it writable by non-root users. I’m the only user of this system, so I use the “uid=” option to make me appear to be the owner of files on the ntfs partition.

this is the copy of by fstab file, does it look like I should be able to modiy files on the D drive of ntfs Windows?

/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9320325AS_5VD1SVBY-part5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9320325AS_5VD1SVBY-part6 / ext4 acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9320325AS_5VD1SVBY-part7 /home ext4 acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9320325AS_5VD1SVBY-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9320325AS_5VD1SVBY-part2 /windows/D ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9320325AS_5VD1SVBY-part4 /windows/E ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.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

Modify the entry you want to edit files on


/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9320325AS_5VD1SVBY-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0


/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9320325AS_5VD1SVBY-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g defaults 0 0

does that help

Yes, you should be able to modify, provided that you are in group “users”. The command “groups” will list what groups you are in.

Hmm, my “fstab” entries have “nls=utf8” where yours have “locale=en_US.UTF-8”.

Hmm again - it looks to me as if the fmask should be 113 and the dmask should be 002. Otherwise only the file owner (root) can modify them.

made changes that “nrickert” suggested to “fmask to read 113 and dmask to read 002”, everything works alright, am able to modify files, rename and delete files on the Windows NTFS partition…thanks for everyone’s help…problem solved

Those 0 0 have NOTHING to do with permissions. Please read

man fstab

to see what they are for.

And the solution to use ntfs-3g as fs type and defaults as parameters is posted here a miriad of times. I little search would have revealed that.