NTFS (New Technology File System) is the standard file system of Windows.

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How does “rm” on a NTFS filesystem differs from Windows' own implementation?

I have an external USB disk with an NTFS filesystem on it. If I remove a file from Windows and I run one of the several "undelete" utilities (say, TestDisk) I can easily recover the file (because ...
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“Input/output error” when accessing a directory

I want to list and remove the content of a directory on a removable hard drive. But I have experienced "Input/output error": $ rm pic -R rm: cannot remove `pic/60.jpg': Input/output error rm: cannot ...
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Advanced NTFS partition file recovery techniques for damaged drives (IO errors)?

I've recently suffered a maddeningly small but quite important amount of damage to a hard drive on a ESXi host affecting a couple VMs. There's a file that I would very much like to recover, and of ...
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Do any archive utilities exist that can preserve the date created file attribute on NTFS-3G?

I tried the -X switch on zip, but that did not save the date created attribute. I can get it using this method. When a file is added to a zip archive using 7-Zip, it preserves the date created and ...
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Allowing user to read only parts of NTFS filesystem

After installing ntfs-3g I have an option in nautilus to mount a Windows directory but I need to give root password. While I have no objection to giving root password I would prefer to be restricted ...
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How to clone a NTFS partition (WinXP) from a damaged disk to a new one?

I'm an Italian Windows programmer. I know almost nothing of Linux, so please be patient if the question is dumb and pardon my bad english. I need to clone a NTFS partition from a damaged, near to die ...
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How do I get the creation date of a file on an NTFS logical volume?

I created an NTFS logical volume on my Linux system for Windows file storage because I want to retain the creation date of my files (I would probably zip them into an archive and then unzip them, ...
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What's the best tool chain or single tool to transform a NTFS to ext[n] filesystem?

I've decided to go Linux only, finally! This also means that I have a bunch of disks still under NTFS. I don't have spare space anywhere to transfer the files to and then just re-format the drive so ...
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Can 'nix handle NTFS ADS data streams?

Two-three years ago, I experimented (in Windows) with NTFS ADS meta-data (Alternate Data Streams). It seemed like an interesting idea, but it is certainly not "portable". Is there an NTFS-ADS ...
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Is there a Linux tool for defragging NTFS partitions?

Can NTFS partitions be defragged within Linux? Does fsck work for this? (Here and there I've seen a recommendation to use fsck -t ntfs --kerneldefrag /dev/XXX. Would this work?)
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Why do I need ntfs-3g when I have already enabled NTFS support in the kernel?

When configuring the kernel I see an option to add read-write support for NTFS. Then when mounting my NTFS partition I still have to install ntfs-3g and pass ntfs-3g as the type. I thought if I add ...
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How to back up initial state of external backup drive?

I've picked up an HP Simplesave external drive. It comes with some fancy software that is of no use to me because I don't use Windows. Like many current consumer-targeted backup drives, the backup ...
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How does the Unix file privilege system differ from that of Windows?

Related question: How does the Linux file system/organization differ from Windows? I am somewhat familiar with how privileges work when it comes to files and directories - each entry has an owner and ...
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I've wiped my partition table using gparted, is there a way to recover my partition?

I've wiped my NTFS (windows) partition table using gparted by clicking on "Device->Create Partition Table... and then apply", is there a way to recover my NTFS partition? I tried using this command ...
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How to mount an NTFS drive as utf8 over NFS

Question How to mount a nfs share (NTFS formatted fileystem) as utf8 in CentOS 6.5? What I tried mount -o iocharset=utf8 mount -o nfs=utf8 mount -o utf8=1 mount -o utf8 Problem: When I ...
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Can I read and write to alternate HFS+ file forks or NTFS data streams from Linux?

It's possible to mount both Apple HFS+ and Microsoft NTFS filesystems under Linux. Both filesystems support multiple content streams per file, though this is not widely used. Apple uses the term ...
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What does altering a file/directory mean?

From man ntfsundelete Look for deleted files altered in the last two days ntfsundelete /dev/hda1 -t 2d I wonder what altering files/directories mean? Does deleting some files/directories ...
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Recovering NTFS drive with safecopy

Several days ago, I dropped my USB external hard disk. As a result, I cannot read some of the files. I would like to recover it, and now I am using safecopy. I used the following command, sudo ...
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No access to symlink folder on NTFS partition

I am using an NTFS parition for storing data I like to access both from Ubuntu and Windows 7. On my Ubuntu HOME partition, I like to link the folder Assets in order to access it from an application ...
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Unable to mount NTFS partition from user account

I'm trying to mount a Windows ntfs partition on openSuse 11.4. When I mount it using the root account (either directly or via sudo) it mounts without problems. But when I try mounting it without any ...
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How can I backup a directory to NTFS while preserving Unix file attributes?

I want to make a backup of my home directory to an NTFS partition (an unfortunate limitation). However, when I last tried using just cp, the attributes (owner, etc) went away. How can I make a backup ...
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Mount NTFS Partition on Startup in Ubuntu

I have a 10 gigabyte partition which I use for files which I share between my Windows installation and my Oneiric Ocelet (Ubuntu) installation. My Eclipse workspaces exist on this partition. Eclipse ...
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Copying Linux NFS files to a standard consumer external hard drive

I am a graduate student and a relative Linux novice. My institution has an in-house Linux cluster on which I run many scientific simulations. I have a Windows desktop computer from which I access ...
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How to have correct permissions of files from usb disks?

Does anyone have the following problem? I have an Ubuntu box at work and also one at home. I always copy folders/files to/from an usb disk to/from my boxes. I have to change permissions of ...
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Mount NTFS image file created using partimage

From an old disk which I don't have at hand, I have created a file named winxp.img using partimage. As the filename suggests, the partition contained Windows XP and was formatted with NTFS. (The ...
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Make Linux forbid colons in file names on NTFS partitions

Does Linux really allow colons in file names, even on NTFS partitions? Why is that? And is there any option to set it straight, and do not allow colons (and other characters restricted by Windows) in ...
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Does Live Linux CD in general have safe handling of Windows NTFS files

I was reading this article - how do I Access or mount windows NTFS partition in Linux that mentions: NTFS3G is an open source cross-platform, stable, GPL licensed, POSIX, NTFS R/W driver used in ...
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How do I recursively set the date created attribute to the date modified attribute on NTFS-3G?

In my first question, I asked how to get the "Date created" field in NTFS-3G. Now, that I know I can get the "Date created", I have started adding files onto my NTFS-3G partition and would like to set ...
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How do I mount a Windows folder with cifs on Raspian

I'd like to access the music library from my desktop with my Raspberry Pi, and I'd like to do this via Samba/cifs. I did the following: Set the folder Q:\musik as a shared folder on my Windows ...
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How to recover most recently deleted directories on NTFS partition under Ubuntu 12.04

In Nautilus under Ubuntu 12.04, I accidentally selected several directories on a partition and deleted them at once (unfortunately, I deleted them by Shift+Delete such that they don't remain in ...
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How can I solve the issue about mounting my Windows 8 NTFS partition on Linux Mint?

I used Ubuntu for long even along Windows and SOMETIMES I got this problem for mounting the corresponding NTFS partition at the beginning, however with a pair of command lines to the console I got it ...
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Why ext4 File System is better than NTFS?

For a presentation, I need to show ext4 File System is better than NTFS. I searched and got nice article on both ext4 and NTFS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext4 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS ...
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A Live CD distro for getting data off a NTFS partition without X Windows

The Windows partition on my laptop seems to refuse to boot, and since I lack the original install CD, I was thinking of installing my preferred Linux distro, Arch on it. I want to recover data off ...
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Format windows (NTFS) hard drive on Ubuntu using command line

This is really a two part question. I've never formatted a hard dirve on Linux/Unix, so please bear with me. I had an old Windows machine which recently died. So I decided to put the hard drive into ...
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How was ntfs-3g created?

Since NTFS is a proprietary file system created by Microsoft, how did the ntfs-3g developers manage to create an open source version of the NTFS drivers without referring to the NTFS source code? Or ...
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fdisk -l shows ext3 file system as HPFS/NTFS

I have an external HDD which I formatted as NTFS partition in Windows. Now, I formatted this HDD in my linux system using the below command. mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1 It was formatted successfully. ...
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How to mount remote file system

I want to mount my Windows NTFS share C:\ to Linux ext4 file system, so I can see the file system tree as part of my Linux file system and transfer my files. PS. I am using rhel6.
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How to delete a NTFS filesystem file whose name contains “:”?

I backup some of my Linux files in a NTFS removable hard disk several days ago, this time I need to remove those files. But I find it difficult since: On windows, it complains that "Could not find ...
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Mounting a Windows partition without giving execute permission

How can I mount a Windows partition so that the files within it don't have execution permission? I mount a Windows partition using: sudo mount /dev/sda3 win win is a folder in my home dir. This of ...
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How are NTFS drives handled by Linux? Nothing is in fstab yet it's automounted. Nothing in mtab yet it's currently mounted

I'm running Fedora 14 with the 2.6.35.13-92.fc14.i686 kernel and Gnome 2.32.0. I have a few NTFS drives that are mounted when I start up. However, there is no entry for them in fstab and nothing in ...
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How can I restore my linux?

I had an hard-drive with two partitions: one was 460GB NTFS and the other was 5GB ext3 Ubuntu 10.10. I wanted to extend the Ubuntu partition, so I was going to shrink the NTFS partition by 15GB, but I ...
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Accessing Windows7_OS partition from Linux on a dual-boot

Are there any limitations on accessing the Windows7_OS partition while I am booted on my Linux OS? Occasionally I like to browse files that are on my Windows partition or copy files to my Linux drive ...
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How do I mount an NTFS partition in /etc/fstab and prevent files/directories from receiving exec permissions when they're created?

I have an NTFS partition that I want to mount using /etc/fstab. I don't want any files to have executable permissions on this drive, so I wrote the following rule: /dev/sda2 /media/sharedfolder ntfs ...
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Mac OS X partition type problem

As a 2 decades of MS-Windows user I have switched to Mac OS X a month ago. And my knowledge is not enough to fix my big problem which I encountered yesterday and my brand new MBPro is dead now. I ...
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ntfs external HD works read-only on Arch

I only have read-only access to my external hard-drive which is using NTFS filesystem. How do I fix this problem to get full access to my hard drive?
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How to check if the system is ready for mounting NTFS by user?

There are (too) many posts already on the subject, yet I am stuck. I found very relevant post here: Unable to mount NTFS partition from user account and I also read FAQ here: ...
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Running executables on an NTFS partition?

My system configuration is the following: UEFI computer Dual-boot with Windows 8 and Linux Mint 15 Olivia I would like to be able to run Linux executables that are stored on an NTFS partition ...
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Mount NTFS drive with 777 permissions

I need to mount a NTFS drive with permissions set to 777. The code i have in fstab now is: /dev/sdb2 /disk ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,umask=000,uid=1000,windows_names 0 0 But ...
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Dropbox on Debian EAGAIN error on NTFS share

I am experiencing some weird problems, when using dropbox on my Debian install: I run Debian with testing repositories enabled I have Dropbox installed from the website My dropbox-location is on a ...
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Can Safecopy Help Me Recover Data from a Drive that I can not Mount?

I have an old hard drive that I put data on, but it died when I tried to retrieve it, and it tells me I have to format it under Windows. Running on Linux now, can Safecopy help me even though I can ...