In 11.10 the ability to write to NTFS drives was removed. There are ways around this, like ntfs-config, which mounts the selected drives as r/w, but I'm looking for a more permanent solution. I have also tried enabling it in the kernel (when compiling) but that doesn't seem to do anything.

tl:dr I want for NTFS drives (including removable ones) to be mounted r/w instead of r/o (from gnome-shell and nautilus), like in 10.10 and 11.04

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I use NTFS-config and it mounts all me external and internal drives with write capabilities

just run this in commandline after installing ntfs-config

sudo mkdir -p /etc/hal/fdi/policy

this will make ntfs config run and u can enable read write

  • But I would like them to be seamlessly mounted through the filemanager as r/w, as I consider ntfs-config (on my computer at least) to be clunky. EDIT: Does the two check boxes effect other mounting, or just drives mounted through NTFS-Config?
    – NRoach44
    Nov 1, 2011 at 8:20
  • OK, thanks, I retried using NTFS-Config and it does seem to modify the system settings. Thank you!
    – NRoach44
    Nov 1, 2011 at 9:15

am posting the fstab entry for ntfs on my system ...

am able to write Ubuntu 11.10 i386 ...

# /media/NTFS was on /dev/sda3 during installation
UUID=4E842157842142B7 /media/NTFS     ntfs    defaults,umask=007,gid=46                0       0
  • Thanks, but fstab only effects drives plugged in at boot, and my machines often stay on long. This is not a good solution for removable drives.
    – NRoach44
    Nov 1, 2011 at 8:53
  • I use 1TB iOMEGA USB 2.0 Powered Ext HDD having (Samsung disk ) which mounts automatically in Ubuntu 11.10 with read write capability ..has two partition each formatted with NTFS
    – joe1983
    Nov 1, 2011 at 14:56
  • I have a 1TB Seagate Freeagent USB 2 powered external drive which also automounted with write capability but from yesterday I cant write to it for some weird reason. Wonder if there is a setting which disables it.
    – Hannes
    Nov 8, 2011 at 7:59

I had the same issue. resolved by installing ntfs-config using :

sudo apt-get install ntfs-config


sudo mkdir -p /etc/hal/fdi/policy

I had a problem of dependencies when I used :

sudo aptitude install ntfs-config Don't use aptitude but apt-get

  • Writing in NTFS partition is not possible unless the package ntfs-3g is installed (this latter was removed in ubuntu 11.10 while keeping ntfsprogs instead)

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