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I have Kubuntu 12.04.01 installed on partition /dev/sdb2 of my dual boot Computer. /sda1 carries Windows XP, XP Program files and some data files. /sda2 and /sdb1 carry more data, music and pictures, mostly going back to the bad old Windows-only days.

I cannot (and don't want to) access /sdb2 from XP but can access all files from Kubuntu and do most things I want. Occasionally, working in Linux, I can't do what I think I should be possible on files or directories in /sda2 and /sdb1. The restrictions happen whether I created the file in XP or Linux, though they don't apply if I use a directory in /sdb2. I suspect that my permissions are not as they should be.

One such restriction is that, in Dolphin, if I right-click a file and enter Properties>Permissions, any change is successful only for files in /sdb2

My etc/fstab file (expanded for me by someone with much greater experience of Linux) is as follows:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
# / was on /dev/sdb5 during installation
UUID=bcc24647-8a34-46d2-afe6-b0f747c18631 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
# swap was on /dev/sdb6 during installation
UUID=ef2d585d-bd09-46e0-ad5e-cf63c6cda913 none            swap    sw              0       0
/dev/sda1       /media/System ntfs-3g defaults,rw,uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=0077 0 0
/dev/sda2       /media/Samples ntfs-3g defaults,rw,uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=0077 0 0
/dev/sdb1       /media/Audio ntfs-3g defaults,rw,uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=0077 0 0
/dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0

Is there something which should be altered here, or is there another file elsewhere?

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From your question I understand that you are facing problem with File Permissions.

As you have said, /sda2 and /sdb1 are both ntfs file systems.

NTFS file systems don't support the concept of file permissions.

Refer this post for more details.

This is the reason you are facing problems with file permissions in /sda2 and /sdb1 partitions.

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Thanks Karthik, I believe that NTFS partitions have a different concept of file permissions in that a folder or file can be made "sharing" though the default is otherwise. It is possible that I might work around the problem by making all my NTFS folders sharing in Windows, though this would create different problems. I will look more at the post you have quoted to see what might be done in fstab by dmask, umask etc, though I can't quite get my head round them yet. – WGCman Dec 11 '12 at 8:35
I accept that Karthik's answer gives the reason why I can't alter NTFS permissions in Dolphin, but it does not fully explain why I can freely open and alter a spreadsheet, for example, on an NTFS partition in either Windows or Linux, but sometimes not save a new project created in Linux to a file on the same partition. – WGCman Dec 11 '12 at 8:47

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