Mounting internal NTFS storage drive


#1

I’ve used Linux(Debian,Fedora) mostly over the years, am not experienced with the BSDs so much, recently install TrueOS. I’ve “googled-for-answers” to determine how to mount the internal storage drive, which is formatted as NTFS. I’ve install ntfs-3g, fusefs-ntfs and tried to mount the drive ntfs-3g /dev/ad0 /mnt/storedata with no success.

Looking at the output of “gpart show” I noticed the TrueOS disk is GPT and the NTFS storage disk is MBR

[CODE]=> 63 1953525105 ada0 MBR (932G)

      63        1985        - free -  (993K)

    2048  1953521664     1  ntfs  (932G)

1953523712 1456 - free - (728K)

=> 40 488388832 ada1 GPT (233G)

     40        512     1  freebsd-boot  (256K)

    552  479979520     2  freebsd-zfs  (229G)

479980072 8388608 3 freebsd-swap (4.0G)

488368680 20192 - free - (9.9M)[/CODE]

Does that explain the problem, or am I missing something further required, for mounting the storage partition?


#2

quick response. have searched “freebsd mount ntfs usb drive”

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=freebsd+mount+ntfs+usb+drive&t=ffab&ia=web

i don’t have an NTFS drive to check


#3

A sightly warning about this.

I have a storage drive in my desktop. From start I had it formatted to NTFS. The easy way I thought was to format it on an old Windows computer I have to test various programs.

Getting it to run on the PC-BSD computer (at that time) met no problems, but… For some reason sporadically it to lost files now and then. Files just disappeared in cyberspace and no one could explain why.

However, I got tired of this hassle and with help from @kris I managed to format it to ZFS - Problem gone.
So that’s the recommendation for a safe storage drive. Format it to ZFS! Moreover ZFS is way better and more stable than NTFS.


#4

Mounting internal NTFS drives is no problem on my TrueOS 18.03 (Lumina desktop) and Trident RC1 (Lumina desktop) systems.
Your command is missing some letters. It should read: ntfs-3g /dev/ada0s1 /mnt/storedata to mount the ntfs-partition. On my systems I am doing it with administrator privileges.


#5
+1.

See the FreeBSD Handbook for more info on disk partitions/slices:
<URL:https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/disk-organization.html>

John
groenveld@acm.org