Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Sat Mar 3 01:54:50 UTC 2007

On Sat, Mar 03, 2007 at 01:13:21AM +0100, Marco Hafke wrote:

> Did you read the manpage of mount_ntfs? Have a look to the writing section:
> "There is limited writing ability. Limitations: file must be nonresident 
> and must not contain any sparces (uninitialized areas); compressed files 
> are also not supported.  The file name must not contain multibyte 
> characters."
> Writing on NTFS with FreeBSd is a bad idea. You should switch to FAT if 
> you need to exchange files between this to systems.

Yes.  That seems to be the current status.

What I do on my dual boot is make an extra slice that if FAT32 that I can 
use to write back and forth between the FreeBSD and MSwin system.  So, 
I end up using up three slices for a dual boot NTFS, FAT32 and FreeBSD.
The FAT32 doesn't have to be terribly large, a couple of GBytes does it
for me.


> Greets
> Marco
> Parker Brown schrieb:
> >Using the FreeBSD booter to manage both Windoz XP and FreeBSD 6.1 on the 
> >same SCSI drive.  Under FreeBSD I've got XP mounted, and I've been able to 
> >examine the XP directories, but when I try to copy data or the contents of 
> >directories from FreeBSD to XP.  Using    cp -R   format, nothing copies, 
> >and I get error messages that the target files don't exist. 
> >Is FreeBSD not capable of copying to NTFS?
> >
> >Please help!
> >
> >
> >Parker Brown
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