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Thread: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

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    Question Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    Years ago, I read a piece somewhere on the internet that said that in principle, you can both read from and write to ntfs partitions from modern major Linux distros, but that the author of the piece would not recommend actually using the write to functionality, for technical reasons I can't remember. So now I wonder: is that still the case? Or have things changed? Or was it overly cautious advice in the first place?

    (If the answer to this is in any way controversial, please don't start a flame war here.)

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    Re: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    Not a Hardware question, moved to "Ubuntu, Linux and OS Chat"

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    Re: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    What does write to functionality mean?
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    Re: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    I mean the ability to write to ntfs partitions from Linux.

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    Re: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    Quote Originally Posted by raphaell2 View Post
    Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?
    No. That was patched years ago--by Microsoft, no less.

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    Re: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    You should never write to a Windows partition from Linux. I did it early on as I learned Linux and it worked.
    But, it caused my weekly backup on Windows to fail and I had to re-install Windows. I've never had to re-install Windows before.

    So, just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should. You'll find most people agree with me on that too.

    Some Ubuntu versions could not open a Windows partition but, the latest 2 or 3 versions have been able to. It is then in read-only mode.

    Arch Linux uses a utility written by a guy named IgnorantGuru and it is called udevil. It is a command that will mount different kinds of partitions.
    I automount my always on USB drive with udevil at boot. I mount/unmount my Windows partition as needed by typing commands in terminal (alias) and it's purposefully mounted as read only.
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    Re: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    The only remaining consideration is Windows fast start up or always on hibernation.
    Windows still boots slow, so has to use hibernation to make it seem like it is not so slow.

    But Windows sets hibernation on all NTFS partitions if Windows 8 or later, even a shared NTFS data partition.
    And the Linux NTFS driver will not write to NTFS partitions that are hibernated, as you would lose data anyway when hiberfile is restored with old file structure or if NTFS needs chkdsk.
    So you must have Windows fast start up off.

    Best to also have Windows repair disk so you can repair it when needed, whether dual booting or not.
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    Re: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    ^This.

    There is no inherent danger in the fs itself.
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    Re: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    I have (a few) NTFS partitioned drives that I write to all the time...and I don't even have a Windows installation on any of my machines.

    Two reasons:

    1. Formatting to NTFS was a simpler solution for me years ago when I ran into permission problems
    2. I copy large size raw audio and video files to external 2.5" drives that I lend to friends, so they can take the drives home and copy to their Windows machines

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    Re: Does the warning against writing to ntfs from Linux still apply?

    Very interesting to see the different views on that matter. I think for now I won't write to ntfs from Linux, just to be on the safe side.



    You should never write to a Windows partition from Linux.
    Do you mean any Windows partition, or just ntfs? In order to avoid writing to ntfs from Linux, I made an FAT32 partition on my pc years ago, mainly to move things back and forth between the Windows and Linux sides. As far as I can remember, I never had any problems with that.

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