I installed rdesktop 1.7 on Ubuntu 10.4 and ran the following commands:

sudo umount /media/Tal
sudo mount -t ntfs-3g -o uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=0000 /dev/sdb1 /media/Tal
rdesktop -0 -r sound:local -f -u administrator -r clipboard:PRIMARYCLIPBOARD -r
disk:tal=/media/Tal myip

Tal is an external NTFS hard drive that connects via USB to a Windows 7 machine. I see it from the computer, and I can access its files and create new files/folders, but when I try to copy a new file to a folder I get the error message

You need permission to perform this action

You require permission from computer's administrator to make changes to this folder tal on my computer's name
Disk from Remote Desktop Connection

I've tried using chmode and chowne but I've read that they don't work with NTFS. How can I get around this?

2 Answers 2



sudo -i 

Then enter your password. Or try

sudo nautilus 

Then enter your password.


chmod ...file permission just works on the ext x file system. no effect on NTFS,linux is just compatible with ntfs(general read and write,no other secure strategy)

  • you are right, i know it already. i need solution that i can have permission from the Remote Desktop session to this Hard Disk, when i redirect it to Remote Windows Computer. do you have a clue how to do it?
    – Tal
    Commented Jun 15, 2011 at 14:44

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