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10.6: Enable native NTFS read/write support
Authored by: vykor on Oct 02, '09 08:42:44AM

Yeah... I'd be careful about turning this on for regular use. All non-Microsoft write-capable drivers are reverse-engineered (think of it as a team of people poking at the filesystem in various ways and documenting its behavior), since NTFS is a closed proprietary filesystem with no published specs for write drivers. The moment that Microsoft changes a small detail in the filesystem via an automatic update, you could potentially destroy your NTFS volume. Further, as smart as the reverse-engineers must have been, I'd bet they don't have everything 100 percent perfect; it's hard to cover all edge cases in a complex system like this.

The Linux NTFS drivers have been around for awhile, though, so for one-off uses it might be ok. When you really must write to NTFS, turn this on, do your write, and turn it off. If nothing broke, count your blessings and move on. Don't tempt fate :)



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10.6: Enable native NTFS read/write support
Authored by: lordmorgul on Oct 05, '09 01:02:23AM

I've been using NTFS-3G for years doing daily accesses to my NTFS backup drives and dual or triple boot configured machines. Yes, there is a possibility that corruption or damage could occur... but I've literally written hundreds of gigabytes to NTFS drives without ever having it happen. It is a very robust and well fleshed out driver package. In all honesty... I'd be more concerned about a Windows box BSODing and leaving my disk damaged than I ever would be concerned about a Linux or OSX machine writing bad data through NTFS-3G.



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