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?


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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, 2020 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, 2020 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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