Communicating With the Other Half: NTFS Support in Linux
NTFS support has been slow in coming to Linux. But new drivers are now available that enable you to read from, and even to write to, NTFS partitions, including removable media formatted with NTFS. We show you how.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has kept many of the internal details of NTFS secret, and the filesystem has changed with each new version of Windows. The secrecy makes it difficult for third parties, and particularly for open source developers, to write reliable NTFS drivers. In the case of a file system, an unreliable driver can translate into lost data, so NTFS support (particularly read/write NTFS support) has been slow in coming to Linux.
Fortunately, this picture is beginning to change, with several NTFS drivers now available for Linux. These drivers enable you to read from, and even to write to, NTFS partitions, including removable media formatted with NTFS. If you dual-boot between Linux and Windows, this will enable you to eliminate any FAT partition you might otherwise use for data exchange. Even if you don’t let Windows near your hard disks, NTFS support will enable you to read removable disks that others have formatted with NTFS.