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My current setup is that I have: 1TB HDD split with Windows OS and Ubuntu OS (with system and Swap of course) 2TB HDD for all my docs

What I want to be able to do is whether I am in Windows or Ubuntu be able to use the 2TB HDD to access all my docs. I have tried this: but as the second drive is formatted to NTFS it changes the owner of my home directory to Root and I cannot chown it to me. Even if I use gksude nautilus and try it in a gui, as soon as I select my user name as group:owner it changes back to Root straight away. This also knock out pulseaudio as it says it is not owned by me.

Then I tried but this is flawed as then your home directory with all my documents (music, video etc) is not accessible through a terminal command ~/Music.

Has anyone been able to do this successfully?

The best thing would be if I could get thatfirst link to not change my home directory to be owned by root. Then I can just realign the libraries in Windows.

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The solution I've been using for this:

  1. Adding an entry in the /etc/fstab file like this: UUID="YourDataDriveUUIDHere" /media/"YourDataDriveLabelHere" ntfs-3g defaults,nls=utf8,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=002,fmask=113 0 0

  2. Creating symbolic links under Home folder, either as Documents, Pictures, etc. or as sub-folders under the such default Home folders.

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So by putting the uid and gid does that over ride the defaults which has nouser (user cannot mount a drive)? – maramyfriend Mar 29 '13 at 14:56
I'm not an expert but as far as I can remember now this gives ownership of the drive contents (folders & files) to the user. And it's not difficult to change these options later to suit your needs better. But I remember this was the best I could find. – Sadi Mar 29 '13 at 15:13
Thnaks Sadi, I'm just running clonezilla so I don't lose anything, then I'll try this this afternoon. – maramyfriend Mar 29 '13 at 15:25

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