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Avoid a MacFuse, NTFS-3G, and Boot Camp startup disk issue System
MacFuse and NTFS-3G (blog) is a great combination for those needing to have read-write access to NTFS-formatted volumes from Mac OS X. For example, with a Boot Camp Windows XP or Vista drive. Of course, this drive should also be selectable from the Startup Disk preference pane in System Preferences, as indeed happens with Apple's built-in (but still read-only) NTFS driver.

But sadly, as of now, the only way to have the Boot Camp volume show up in the Startup Disk System Preferences panel with NTFS-3G installed and active is to have it mounted by Apple's integrated NTFS driver. (NTFS-3G can still mount other available NTFS volumes read-write, of course: indeed, this hint is useful in such cases. Otherwise, one shouldn't really need NTFS-3G, or should use it with the current restriction of no Startup Disk integration). To do so, open a Terminal window and do this:
$ cd /Volumes/NameOfYourBootCampDrive
$ sudo pico .ntfs-readonly
Then save the file with the usual Control-O, Enter, Control-X. Finally, unmount and remount (with Disk Utility) your Boot Camp partition. This creates an (invisible from OS X) .ntfs-readonly file at the root of your Boot Camp volume, thus telling NTFS-3G to bypass this volume and let it be mounted by Apple's read-only driver. Of course, you will have read-only access to the Boot Camp volume, but it will still show up in Startup Disk.

Let's hope they'll eventually fix this in better ways (see full read-write integration between NTFS-3G and Startup Disk)...

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Avoid a MacFuse, NTFS-3G, and Boot Camp startup disk issue
Authored by: horvatic on Jan 09, '08 08:22:50AM

$ cd /Volumes/Untitled
-bash: $: command not found

Apparently this does not work or there's something missing compared to what you have.



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Avoid a MacFuse, NTFS-3G, and Boot Camp startup disk issue
Authored by: Sven G on Jan 09, '08 08:59:50AM

Hmmm... how is that possibile?

You could try to type "cd" - without quotes - in the Terminal and then drag your Boot Camp volume (named "Untitled"?) icon from the Desktop onto the Terminal window: this should create the path automatically.



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Avoid a MacFuse, NTFS-3G, and Boot Camp startup disk issue
Authored by: Sven G on Jan 09, '08 09:01:24AM

... Adding a space after "cd", of course.



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Avoid a MacFuse, NTFS-3G, and Boot Camp startup disk issue
Authored by: leamanc on Jan 09, '08 09:09:25AM

Umm, don't type the $, that's the command prompt. :-)

Also, no need to use pico to create an empty file. Use the "touch" command instead.



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Avoid a MacFuse, NTFS-3G, and Boot Camp startup disk issue
Authored by: horvatic on Jan 09, '08 09:23:11AM

Helps if you get rid of the command prompt "$"

Thanks for the help.



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Avoid a MacFuse, NTFS-3G, and Boot Camp startup disk issue
Authored by: Ilgaz on Jan 09, '08 12:45:28PM

You can use standard unix "touch" command instead of pico just to create that file..



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Try the Option Key at Boot
Authored by: BlueKnight on Jan 14, '08 12:20:02AM

Even though the Boot Camp disk doesn't appear in the Startup Disk preference pane when mounted via NTFS-3g, you can still boot from it by restarting the Mac and pressing the Option (Alt) key until a list of boot choices appears.

Any bootable volume connected to the Mac should appear. Just choose highlight your Boot Camp volume and press Return or click the arrow.

This does not change your boot preference. If you use this method to boot a volume that is not the one selected in the Startup Disc preference pane, when you reboot your Mac, it will boot to the system you last chose in System Preferences.

Of course, you could use the Boot Camp control panel in Windows to set the boot volume after it finishes booting.

Hope this helps!



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Avoid a MacFuse, NTFS-3G, and Boot Camp startup disk issue
Authored by: Sven G on Jan 31, '08 01:58:37AM
...Update: starting with the new NTFS-3G 1.2129 DMG (see the blog website), things have changed a little; so, now it should be:
cd /Volumes/NameOfYourBootCampDrive
sudo mkdir .NTFS-3G
... and then (after having removed the similar file previously at the root of the Boot Camp volume):
cd /Volumes/NameOfYourBootCampDrive/.NTFS-3G
sudo touch .ntfs-readonly
(yes, easier than with pico!).

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