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NTFS-3G: NTFS driver for non-Windows stack (Linux, Mac, Android, etc)

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/02/25

After not having taken a look at NTFS for Linux for a while, I recently found out that NTFS-3G supports many platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Android, etc.

Oh: and it supports Compressed Files too.


2 Responses to “NTFS-3G: NTFS driver for non-Windows stack (Linux, Mac, Android, etc)”

  1. Last I checked, though, NTFS-3G has dreadfully poor performance; the kernel transitions etc. by user-mode file systems (FUSE) seem to eat up too much. It’s OK if you’re relying on it for ad-hoc interop in e.g. a dual boot scenario, but it’s not worth relying on for other purposes.

    Another thing: NTFS-3G hews closer to POSIX semantics than the NT kernel ntfs driver does. In particular, this means you can create file names with NTFS-3G that NT can’t handle. For example, you can create files with ‘?’ in the file name. Such files cannot be deleted from Windows; moreover, they will not be repaired with chkdsk. Without accessing the drive via NTFS-3G again, the only reasonable way of getting rid of such files is reformatting the disk.

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