From: Ryan Biltz [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2005 7:07 PM
Subject: [suse-amd64] only root can access NTFS removable media??
I was happy to see that NTFS is supported out of the box with SuSE 9.3.
However it seems only root is able to access the file system. I plugged
in an external USB HD (NTFS) of mine while logged in as a normal user.
The removable media icon showed up on the file browser but when i click
to open and explore within it gave me an access denied error. When I
log in as root I am able to browse and access the files. Also I am
unable to modify any of the files or write new ones. Acts like a CD. I
know there is no Write support for NTFS yet but I was hoping to at least
have the ability to read my files as a normal user and not have to be
root to access them. Is there a way to do this? Thanks for any Info.
You should only mount NTFS read-only for now. Go here to learn more:
Towards the bottom of the FAQ are links to projects that are attempting
NTFS read/write, but this is dangerous for the filesystem (work in
progress), use at own risk. A better recommendation, format the
external drive as FAT32 instead if you don't need NTFS for anything
since Windows and Linux can both read/write FAT32.
As for mounting the NTFS for normal users:
You'll need to make some changes to the partition name that they use
since you're mounting it as usb and not hda1 per their examples. Here
is what is in my /etc/fstab for my ntfs partition:
/dev/hda1 /windows ntfs ro,umask=0222,noauto,user,exec 0