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Old 21st January 2013
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I'm going to install OpenBSD along with Windows 7 on my laptop, and I was wondering if anyone's had any experience with mounting, reading and writing to an NTFS partition? Thanks.
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Old 21st January 2013
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I'm going to install OpenBSD along with Windows 7 on my laptop, and I was wondering if anyone's had any experience with mounting, reading and writing to an NTFS partition?
Reading a NTFS partition from within OpenBSD is fine, but don't expect to reliably write to NTFS (as eluded to by Section 14.16 of the FAQ...).

If you need to share data between Window & OpenBSD, both reading & writing, consider creating a FAT partition for interchange. Using a FAT-formatted USB drive can be used in the same manner.

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To amplify ocicat, expect not to write to NTFS. The developers have made it clear that NTFS will be RO permanently.
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Another option would be to create an ext3 formatted partition and use that to share data between both operating systems. You can install the ext2fsd driver on Windows for write support to ext3 partitions. It's stable in my experience and does away with the fat32 headaches.
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I can handle copying for my own sake, but the worst thing is when I get a NTFS usb stick from someone with their data on it...

BTW, why NTFS will be RO permanently?
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1. You are replying to a 4.75 year old thread.

2. Look through the CVS logs for the source code, found in src/sys/ntfs. You will discover its development history since this software was originally ported from NetBSD in 2003.

3. No one has stepped up to complete the r/w development work. If you wish, you may do so and submit patches to the Project for consideration.

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BTW, why NTFS will be RO permanently?
Probably because developing it any further is not worth the effort:
1. not enough manpower is available (most of the time these projects are one-person endeavors);
2. both developers and users are more likely to come from the Linux world and be more familiar with it and its filesystems than with Windows and its filesystems, therefore interest is very limited at best;
3. there's a good-enough third-party alternative that's been around for quite some time (NTFS-3G).

FreeBSD's native version for instance was removed altogether not long ago.
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Old 27th December 2017
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1. You are replying to a 4.75 year old thread.
haha! that's true! I haven't noticed that though!
I've submitted a thread with the same topic and I must have mixed the threads when replying. The correct one is here: http://daemonforums.org/showthread.php?t=10569

Can you move my posts there?
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Can you move my posts there?
I'm not an admin, just a curmudgeon. And, I don't think it would help, as all our replies would also need to be moved, and our discussion about zombie posting wouldn't make sense.
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Thanks for you replies: jggimi and Beastie
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