Are Linux and NTFS Finally at Peace?

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-09-08 Print this article Print

News Analysis: There are some new and innovative ways to access NTFS drives through Linux.

Ever since Samba came along, its never been too much trouble getting information from Windows machines to Linux systems.

You just mounted the Windows file system with SMB (server message block) as a network drive, and you could read and write to the Windows NTFS (New Technology File System) disk volumes as easily as you could to the older FAT (File Allocation Table) systems.
Of course, this presumed that the files you wanted to get your hands on were on a network drive.
If they were hidden away on an NTFS local drive or PC drive that wasnt part of an NT-style domain or AD (Active Directory) forest, things then got more tricky. Usually a lot more tricky. Reading from NTFS file systems wasnt too much trouble. Writing to a file or creating a new file, though, was something else again. And, trying to adjust the size of an NTFS partition or recover a dead file was, while not impossible, hard enough that few people wanted to try it. Now, however, Paragon Software Group has created its own NTFS driver: NTFS for Linux. And, from what my friends over at "PC Magazine" Labs can tell, it works pretty darn well. Read the full story on Linux and NTFS: peace at last? Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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