NTFS Samba Shares

Alan McKinnon alan at linuxholdings.co.za
Sun Mar 19 13:53:25 UTC 2006

On Sunday 19 March 2006 08:38, Michael wrote:
> My last hurdle in the effort to make a complete switch from Windows
> to Ubuntu is one that I'm finding myself unable to leap.
> I have an NTFS formatted drive I use to store media. This media was
> previously shared via Windows SMB with Xbox's modified to run Xbox
> Media Center. My previous attempts at sharing the Media drive have
> worked to some extent. I am able to mount the NTFS drive and play
> its contents in Ubuntu. I am also able to mount the drive R/W. When
> I enable Samba sharing on the drive the XMBC can see it, but only
> top level shared folders.

Your biggest problem will be that NTFS filesystem. It doesn't matter 
what Samba thinks it can do to the drive, it will not be r/w if it's 
hosted on a Linux machine. NTFS write support is still very 
experimental and it's disabled in the Ubuntu kernel.

I imagine you will want to update that collection periodically, so you 
are forced to back up the data, create an ext3 or reiser file system 
in it's place and write the collection back to the new file system. 
Then it will be writeable, and can be shared to the Xboxes as normal 
via Samba

Alan McKinnon
alan at linuxholdings dot co dot za
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