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Re: Joe - Re: WRITING to NTFS drives




On Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:59:25 -0400
deb <deb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 3/11/19 2:47 PM, Joe wrote:
> > On Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:13:38 -0400
> > deb <deb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >  
> >> I saw this question come up
> >>
> >> and it set off bells.
> >>
> >>
> >> Someone asked what the status of WRITING to NTFS drives was.
> >>
> >> That it was not yet supported (?) .
> >>  
> > I don't think that has been true for several years, though it
> > certainly was at one time.
> >  
> >>
> >> *MY* Assumptions:
> >>
> >>    * MIXED NETWORK, with Win, Mac, Linux (EXT4 formatted).
> >>
> >>    * many portable 1-5TB drives making the rounds, formatted with
> >> NTFS.
> >>
> >>    * data loss is unacceptable [to the highest degree that is
> >> possible].
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> I know that I can read (and verify) files just fine from NTFS on
> >> Debian 9.8
> >>
> >> but [if you have direct experience with this]
> >>
> >> is writing to these drives from debian actually safe?
> >>
> >>
> >> [if you have direct experience with this]
> >>
> >> what process/tool(s) do you use to validate the writes?
> >>  
> > Yes, that is my current belief. If I need media that supports larger
> > files than FAT provides for, between OSes, I have no hesitation in
> > using NTFS.
> >
> > BUT... if I have the means easily available, and I usually do, I
> > would initially format the media in Windows. I don't suppose its
> > actually necessary, but in the past I've seen Windows complain
> > about the formatting of media carried out under Linux, though never
> > to the point of losing data. I have a couple of USB sticks in
> > current use that Windows always complains about and offers to fix
> > (though it never does). It costs me nothing to be sure.
> >
> > Similarly, there are programs running on Windows that can deal with
> > various extN filesystems, but I would never use such a program for
> > an initial formatting if I also had a Linux machine available. Why
> > take a chance?
> >  
> 
> Joe:
> 
> 
> a. Whew!
> 
> b. Understood on NTFS drives should be formatted on Windows machines.
> 
> 
> The very last thing that I want to do is to have systematic data 
> corruption on Windowsy drives traced back to Linux-anything.
>

I have no evidence that there is any problem at all, I just try to
avoid the easily-avoidable risks.

-- 
Joe