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I try

mount -t ntfs -o rw /dev/sdb1 /mnt/exthdd

it doesn't give me any response so I presume it succeeded but when I try to touch it, it tells me it's a read-only file system

This is driving me nuts

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/dev/sdb1 on /mnt/exthdd type ntfs (rw) – blsub6 Oct 7 '10 at 1:03
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ntfs is the kernel read-only driver. ntfs-3g is the FUSE read/write driver.

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You're the man, that's exactly what I needed. Thank you – blsub6 Oct 7 '10 at 1:05

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