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Limited Write Support?
Authored by: moritzh on Aug 05, '05 01:32:08PM
I haven't tried it personally, however the manual pages for mount_ntfs state that there is limited write support. It may just be that the automounter doesn't mount the disks read/write for safety reasons, whereas you _may_ be able to mount them read/write via the Terminal.

Here's the man page: (man mount_ntfs)
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WRITING
There is limited writing ability. Limitations: file must be nonresident and must not contain any sparces (uninitialized areas); compressed files are also not supported.

I submitted the hint more than two months ago [but it was published only now because there were apparently some problems with the hint queue on the the site - Rob is aware of this and wants to publish any other hints soon that have experienced similar problems as mine ]. Thus, and because I don't have 10.4.1 anymore, I am not totally sure, but I believe I saw the same in the manual at that time, but I decided not to try that.

I had done some research on the net about NTFS etc. and saw that Linux has been struggling with writing support for a while and that NTFS is a rather advanced file system (many features). My guess was that Apple probably wouldn't be ahead of all those Linux hackers, so I decided that writing support would probably not realiably work OS X. Personally, I won't try it out because it seems too risky to me (and I don't recommend anyone trying it with important data).



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