The NTFS-3G driver is an open source, freely available read/write NTFS driver for Linux and other operating systems. It provides safe and fast handling of the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 and Windows Vista file systems. Most POSIX file system operations are supported, with the exception of full file ownership and access right support.
The purpose of the project is to develop, continuously quality test and support a trustable, feature rich and high performance solution for hardware platforms and operating systems whose users need to reliably interoperate with NTFS. Besides this practical goal, the project also aims to explore the limits of a hybrid, kernel/user space file system driver approach. Performance, reliability and feature richness per invested effort are being examined.
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Make sure that the basic Linux development tools and the full FUSE package is already installed correctly on the computer.
make install # or ‘sudo make install’ if you aren’t root
If there was no error during installation then the NTFS volume can be mounted in read-write mode for everybody as follows. Unmount the volume if it had already been mounted, replace /dev/hda1 and /mnt/windows, if needed.
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
You may also need to set the ‘locale’ option to make all file names with national characters visible. Replace the below hu_HU.utf8 with the appropriate setting.
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows -o locale=hu_HU.utf8
Please see the ntfs-3g manual page for more options and examples. You can also make NTFS to be mounted during boot by adding the following line to the end of the /etc/fstab file:
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows ntfs-3g defaults 0 0