I know that this question is asked before, but nothing seems to work. I have a double boot windows 10 - ubuntu 18.10 on the NVME and a 2nd 1 TB HDD drive (ntfs). Windows of course have permission on the HDD, but ubuntu doesn't (read-only).

I want to have read-write-execute permission as user (id=1000) on the HDD!


  1. remount

    sudo mount -o remount,rw Sometimes works after 1st reboot, but after 2nd reboot, I had read-only permissions again

  2. edit fstab

default entry:

/dev/disk/by-uuid/[disk-id] /path/to/mount auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0

changed to:

/dev/disk/by-uuid/[disk-id] /path/to/mount auto nosuid,rw,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0


/dev/disk/by-uuid/[disk-id] /path/to/mount auto nosuid,uid=1000,nodev,rw,nofail,x-gvfs-show


/dev/disk/by-uuid/[disk-id] /path/to/mount ntfs defaults


/dev/disk/by-uuid/[disk-id] /path/to/mount ntfs-3g defaults


dev/disk/by-uuid/[disk-id] /path/to/mount ntfs nosuid,uid=1000,nodev,rw,nofail,x-gvfs-show 0 0

  1. chown

    sudo chown -R -v user:user /path/to/mount

error: failed to change ownership of '/path/to/mount' from user:root to user:user ,

chown -R user /path/to/mount

didn't work

As far as I understand, permissions are granted upon mount on boot time. So, the solution has to lie at fstab. But, the mount point is at /media/ (or by default at /mnt/) which are directories with only-root permissions, thus I tried to mount under /home/user/testDir, but got the error:

mount: /home/user/testDir: mount point not mounted or bad option

Any suggestions? Maybe, in how to properly edit fstab? Any help will be deeply appreciated.

  • Have you disabled fast boot in Windows?
    – user68186
    Apr 3, 2019 at 11:38
  • If it's NTFS then you probably need to manage permissions on the Windows side. Have you tried creating an EXT4 partition to manage with Ubuntu? Apr 3, 2019 at 11:55
  • Yes, disabling fast boot in Windows did work! Thank you both a lot! Apr 3, 2019 at 12:27

1 Answer 1


Most common cause is Fast Boot in Windows.
For that (in Windows):

  • Go to 'Control Panel':
  • Select 'Power Options'
  • Select 'Choose what the power buttons do'
  • Select 'Change settings that are currently unavailable'
  • Unselect 'Turn on fast startup (recommended)' so that the check-mark disappears.
  • Click Save changes.
  • As you may notice, I am a new contributor and I need 15+ reputation to upvote. Apr 3, 2019 at 12:46

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