Problems changing OS from Windows XP to Ubuntu -- File Permissions??

John DeCarlo johndecarlo at
Mon Mar 28 16:35:07 UTC 2005

On Sun, 27 Mar 2005 16:22:05 -0800, Deric Stowell
<dstowell at> wrote:
> However, I have
> been having some problems with opening files that i want to be able to use
> from the NTFS drives. I noticed that they are all set as Read-Only, even
> though i mount them as R/W in the /etc/fstab file. So then what I did was to
> open the files I needed in whatever application, then created a new folder
> in my home directory and saved it there. seems to work Ok, i guess, but it
> seems such a long way around a small problem.


1.  Can you simply do a 'cp -R /mnt/ntfs/* /oldfiles'?  (where
/mnt/ntfs is where you mounted the old ntfs formatted partition and
where /oldfiles is where you have enough space to hold them on one of
your ext3 partitions.)  In other words, can you copy them?

Does it work if you do 'sudo cp ...' ?

2.  If you can copy them, you can then reset the attributes any way
you want to with chmod and chown.

3.  If you can't even copy the files, can you post the line in your
/etc/fstab that shows how they are mounted?

John DeCarlo, My Views Are My Own

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