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  1. #1
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    Istanbul, Turkey
    Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Question Mount NTFS external drive as read-write

    How can I mount an NTFS external USB drive as read-write on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS?

    When I connect the drive, it is mounted automatically as read-only. By running df -h, I figured that the drive is mounted as /dev/sdb1.

    When I try to mount it with
    sudo ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /media/user/BRB
    It says:

    Mount is denied because the NTFS volume is already exclusively opened.
    The volume may be already mounted, or another software may use it which
    could be identified for example by the help of the 'fuser' command.

    I unmount it with
    sudo umount /dev/sdb1
    (it doesn't say anything; apparently it's fine)

    Then when I try to mount it back with
    sudo mount /dev/sdb /media/user/BRB
    it says:

    mount: /media/user/BRB: mount point does not exist.

  2. #2
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    Nov 2008
    Boston MetroWest

    Re: Mount NTFS external drive as read-write

    To specify that the NTFS partition should have read and write permissions (in case your system is mounting with read only by default), you can use this command.

    $ sudo mount -o rw -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ntfs
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida

    Re: Mount NTFS external drive as read-write

    Or did you use the NTFS with Windows and left it in the hibernated mode?
    If Fast Start up on in Windows that checks the hibernation flag on all NTFS partitions. If you force write using Linux NTFS driver, you just lose that data when the hibernation is restored by Windows.

    Fast Start up off (always on hibernation), note that Windows turns this back on with updates, SHIFT + Shut down button
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