RHEL / CentOS Linux: Mount and Access NTFS Partition

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How to enable NTFS support on CentOS Linux version 5 or 6? How do I mount ntfs partition under RHEL 5 or 6?

First, you need to install EPEL repo as described here. The following command will turn in EPEL repo on RHEL / CentOS version 6.x:
$ cd /tmp
$ wget http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm
# rpm -ivh epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm


NTFS-3G is a stable, open source, GPL licensed, POSIX, read/write NTFS driver for Linux. It provides safe handling of the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 NTFS file systems.

NTFS-3G can create, remove, rename, move files, directories, hard links, and streams; it can read and write normal and transparently compressed files, including streams and sparse files; it can handle special files like symbolic links, devices, and FIFOs, ACL, extended attributes; moreover it provides full file access right and ownership support.

How Do I Install NTFS-3G?

Type the following command as root user:
# yum install ntfs-3g
Sample outputs:

yum install ntfs-3g
Loaded plugins: product-id, rhnplugin, subscription-manager
Updating Red Hat repositories.
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package ntfs-3g.x86_64 2:2011.4.12-3.el6 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package         Arch           Version                     Repository    Size
 ntfs-3g         x86_64         2:2011.4.12-3.el6           epel         247 k

Transaction Summary
Install       1 Package(s)

Total download size: 247 k
Installed size: 624 k
Is this ok [y/N]: 

How Do I Find Out NTFS Partition Name?

Simply type the following command:
# fdisk -l /dev/sda
# fdisk -l /dev/sdb

Sample outputs:

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf0000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1          13      102400    7  HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2              14       60802   488281089    5  Extended
/dev/sda5              14       59767   479970304   83  Linux
/dev/sda6           59767       60802     8309760   82  Linux swap / Solaris

How Do I Mount /dev/sda1 NTFS Partition at /mnt/ntfs?

First, load the fuse driver, enter:
# modprobe fuse
Create a mount point, enter:
# mkdir /mnt/ntfs
To mount the ntfs partition, enter:
# mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/ntfs
You can use regular Unix commands to copy or access the files:
$ df -h
$ mount
$ cd /mnt/ntfs
$ cp foo /tmp

How Do I Unmount NTFS Partition?

Type the following command:
# umount /mnt/ntfs

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    1. Yum will already be installed if it is CentOS or RHEL. Yum is the default package installer on these repos, and non-RHEL linuxes tend to use apt-get or similar. If this is what your Linux is, you’ll need to find an equivalent guide for that distro.

  1. It’d be great if you mentioned that NTFS doesn’t support usual file permissions at all and by default makes everything owned root:root with 777 (rwx for all) permissions.

    The only way of preserving any degree of sanity whatsoever is using the uid/gid/umask upon the mount, as described here: http://linux.die.net/man/8/mount.ntfs-3g or making sure the folder above the mount point is only readable/writable by those who are intended to have access.

  2. but fuse driver not installed in our system, it showing fuse module needed.
    and also without yum server, it is possible to with rpm command install packages like ntfs-3g.

  3. doesn’t work for me, i use:

    wget http://pkgs.repoforge.org/rpmforge-release/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm
    rpm -ivh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm
    yum install ntfs-3g
  4. We have centos 6.4 x86-64
    we need to download and install rpm’s by hand because our compters are not connected to the internet.

    Can you tell us where to download the ntfs RPM and how to get it to install.

    thank you.

    1. the mirror that was chosen didn’t have it… so try another / again. if yum keeps choosing the same mirror(s) that don’t have it then exclude the mirror(s) using the instructions in the site below. also, if you don’t have the latest fastestmirror RPM then install it (yum update yum-plugin-fastestmirror, yum clean, yum update)

  5. THANKS!
    nearly everything worked as instructed. i couldn’t get the wget command to work so i just went to the site, which redirected me… the epel RPM is now located at linux.mirrors.es.net/fedora-epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm.
    it would be nice, as previously suggested, if instructions were provided for changing file ownership / permission before or after mount… but i (personally) do not need to make adjustments.

  6. on my RHEL7 virtual machine VMMWARE, when i do the mount command on the sda1 volume, an error occured :
    “mount is denied because the NTFS volume is already exclusively opened”
    an idea ?
    thanks !

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