Purpose of this article is to provide to reader step by step guide, how to mount partition with NTFS file system on the Linux operating system. This article consists of two parts:
- mount NTFS file system read only access
- mount NTFS file system with read write access
2. Mount NTFS file system with read only access
2.1. NTFS kernel support
Majority of current Linux distributions supports NTFS file system out of the box. To be more specific, support for NTFS file system is more feature of Linux kernel modules rather than Linux distributions. First verify if we have NTFS modules installed on our system.
ls /lib/modules/2.6.18-5-686/kernel/fs/ | grep ntfs
NTFS module is presented. Let's identify NTFS partition.
2.2. Identifying partition with NTFS file system
One simple way to identify NTFS partition is:
fdisk -l | grep NTFS
There it is: /dev/sdb1
2.3. Mount NTFS partition
First create a mount point:
Then simply use mount command to mount it:
mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ntfs
Now we can access NTFS partition and its files with read write access.
3. Mount NTFS file system with read write access
Mounting NTFS file system with read write access permissions is a bit more complicated. This involves installation of addition software such as fuse and ntfs-3g. In both cases you probably need to use your package management tool such as yum, apt-get, synaptic etc.. and install it from your standard distribution repository. Check for packages ntfs-3g and fuse. We take the other path which consists of manual compilation and installation fuse and ntfs-3g from source code.
3.1. Install addition software
3.1.1. Fuse Install
Download source code from: http://fuse.sourceforge.net/
Compile and install fuse source code:
Extract source file:
tar xzf fuse-2.7.1.tar.gz
Compile and install
cd fuse-2.7.1 ./configure --exec-prefix=/; make; make install
3.1.2. ntfs-3g install
Download source code from: http://www.ntfs-3g.org/index.html#download
Extract source file:
tar xzf ntfs-3g-1.1120.tgz
Compile and install ntfs-3g source code
NOTE: Make sure that you have pkg-config package installed, otherwise you get this error message:
checking for pkg-config... no checking for FUSE_MODULE... configure: error: FUSE >= 2.6.0 was not found. Either it's not fully installed (e.g. fuse, fuse-utils, libfuse, libfuse2, libfuse-dev, etc packages) or files from an old version are still present. See FUSE at http://fuse.sf.net/
cd ntfs-3g-1.1120 ./configure; make; make install
3.2. Mount ntfs partition with read write access
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ntfs/
NOTE: ntfs-3g recommends to have at least kernel version 2.6.20 and higher.
linuxconfig.org~# mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ntfs/ WARNING: Deficient Linux kernel detected. Some driver features are not available (swap file on NTFS, boot from NTFS by LILO), and unmount is not safe unless it's made sure the ntfs-3g process naturally terminates after calling 'umount'. If you wish this message to disappear then you should upgrade to at least kernel version 2.6.20, or request help from your distribution to fix the kernel problem. The below web page has more information: http://ntfs-3g.org/support.html#fuse26