Getting NTFS to Work in Linux

This is really not that difficult, but I thought I’d document it here for my own reference later on. First, download the kernel module RPM from the official linux-ntfs site. Install the RPM:

rpm -ivh kernel-module-ntfs*

Then load the kernel module:

/sbin/modprobe ntfs

And that’s it. If you want to permanently mount an NTFS partition at a certain directory, add a line to /etc/fstab:

/dev/sda1    /home/username/mydir    ntfs    ro,umask=0222    0    0

It’s best to mount NTFS partitions as read-only, since NTFS support in Linux is still incomplete, and we don’t want to risk damaging the partition.