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NTFS is a file system used e.g. in Windows 2003 and 2008. It allows for files greater than 2GB and can be read and written as well under Linux as under Windows.


Formatting NTFS volumes

To format a disk /dev/sdx1 as NTFS, use

mkfs.ntfs /dev/sdx1

Mounting NTFS volumes

To mount our NTFS partition read/write, use ntfs3g:

# mkdir /mnt/ntfs
# ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ntfs
# ls /mnt/ntfs
# echo hallo>/mnt/ntfs/welt
# ll /mnt/ntfs/
total 1
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 6 Dec  8 12:37 welt

ntfs3g uses fuse.

Unmounting NTFS volumes

To unmount your NTFS partition, remember that it is mounted using fuse:

# mount
/dev/sdb1 on /mnt/ntfs type fuseblk (rw,allow_other,blksize=4096)

So you can just unmount it using the command umount:

# umount /dev/sdb1

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