Mounting a Windows NTFS partition in Linux

Access NTFS from Linux. How to Mount and use Windows files stored on an NTFS partition from Linux. The following tutorial explains how to gain access to a Windows NTFS partition using Linux. Reading or accessing NTFS partitions in Linux is important for many reasons. Some users repair Windows Operating environments using Linux, while others use a dual boot operating environment and would like to have access to their Windows File system.

The good news is that it is not complicated to Access NTFS from Linux. As a matter of fact, for those using a Linux version derived from Debian, (I.E. Ubuntu, Knoppix, etc...) the process can be accomplished in just a matter of seconds.

How to Mount and Access NTFS from Linux

NOTE: In step four of the following tutorial, replace hdx1 with your actual partition found in step two. For example hda1, hdb2, sda1, etc.

1. Open a terminal ctrl+alt+x and then type

sudo su

2. Then to locate your Windows NTFS partition, type

fdisk -l

(make note of which partition contains the NTFS file system)

3. To create a directory to use for mounting the NTFS partition, type

mkdir /media/windows

4. Next, to mount the NTFS filesystem in Linux, type

mount /dev/hdx1 /media/windows/ -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222

5. To move to the Windows directory, type

cd /media/windows

6. Finally, to list the files on the NTFS partition, type


Notes: Alternately, you can navigate to the media/windows directory outside of terminal to view and access the NTFS files.

To unmount the Windows NTFS partition, from the terminal simply type

umount /media/windows/