I have a Windows and Linux Dualboot and I made a partition of 200GB to store big files if needed. The problem is that from my Debian OS, I can't add folders or put new files in there. The partition is in /media/username/Partition. Anytime I want to open the partition in the folder program I have to put in my root password and even then I cannot add files to it. I have remounted it but doing that every time to get read/writing permission is a hassle. Also if I want to make a new folder, I get the error that the directory doesn't exist, although it does. On the Windows OS I can access it and use it no problem. Any help on how I can make it easy to use and access on Linux?


you're likely running into permission issues across the two different OS's and filesystems. Depending on how secure this needs to be, you may be better served creating a partition with a filesystem that's "better" supported across both OS types (something like exFAT?)

  • What's wrong with NTFS? – mikanim Dec 7 '20 at 21:30
  • Nothing is "wrong" with it, but Linux and Windows don't always agree on things like what permissions mean what, the semantics of access control, etc. You can't have {simplicity, capability, and interoperability} all at the same time - choose two. ;-) For interop and simplicity, having the "shared" partition be something like FAT32 instead of NTFS (which linux doesn't really speak) or ext4 (which windows definitely doesn't speak) helps. – ljwobker Dec 8 '20 at 23:52

I did the following to make it work with an NTFS partition:

run the following to get the UUID of the partition:

sudo blkid

open the fstab file with:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

scroll down and make an entry like so:

UUID=D0C08198CC0839207 /media/user/HD ntfs-3g permissions 0 1

change the UUID and the mounting point to your use case. At the end it should have this structure:

UUID=[The UUID of the partition] [Mount point] ntfs-3g permissions 0 1

Save and reboot your computer. The partition should automatically be mounted with the permissions set in fstab.

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