I have Windows 7 dual booting with Ubuntu 12.04 installed in another partition

How can I edit my documents and copy files or create folders in my other three partitions partitions?

Trying to edit a document I get the error:

This doc can't be edited, possibly due to missing access rights. Do you want to edit a copy of the doc?

I used the NTFS configuration tool to mount my drives.


run sudo nautilus in terminal

input password

and your should be able to edit all the files and folders on that partition. You can even give permissions to the current user by right clicking >>properties>>permissions

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    - If you use sudo it is better to use gksu nautilus; - Be careful when doing this: some files depend on being set to a specific permission or a user (notably some files in /home/$USER). Do what is necessary and close nautilus ;) – Rinzwind May 8 '12 at 20:46

Change the owner and group on the mountpoint.


$ df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb1       441G  194G  225G  47% /discworld


discworld@schijfwereld:/$ ls -l /
drwxrwxr-x  11 discworld discworld  4096 Mar 29 22:15 discworld

I did this with a

sudo chown -R discworld:discworld /discworld

and all files belong to my Ubuntu account.

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  • I got my permissions access to other partitions back with NTF configuration tool. Open it /advance and I mounted the partitions again – Carlos May 8 '12 at 20:53
  • @carlos I am not into windows tools so good job! ;) – Rinzwind May 8 '12 at 21:18

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