[UFO Chicago] ntfs on linux

Jay F Shachter jay at m5.chicago.il.us
Sun May 6 14:34:09 PDT 2012

Centuries ago, Nostradamus predicted that Calvin Pryor would write on Sun May  6 15:37:55 2012:

> I have a 1T SATA drive (formatted as NTFS) on a Windows machine and I think
> the SATA controller card is failing.
> I want to put the drive in my Ubuntu machine to rule out what's failing
> (the drive or the SATA card) and back up the data on the drive.
> If I mount the NTFS partition in Linux, will all the partition info remain
> unchanged ? So that at any point in the future, Windows will still
> recognize the partition (w/o having to jump through any hoops) ?

The partition table will not change unless you explicitly change it.
If you restrain yourself from using fdisk and from typing
"dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hdb" you need not worry about a change in the
partition table.  And if you mount the filesystem readonly (e.g.,
"mount -r", or "mount -o ro", or, if you suffer from
obsessive-compulsive disorder, "mount -r -o ro") then Unix will not
change any data on the filesystem.

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