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I'm trying to mount an external harddrive in linux. I added the following line in /etc/fstab

/dev/sdf1               /path/to/my/mount      ntfs    defaults,umask=022      0 0

and then do

sudo mount -a

Everything mounts fine (shows up in df, etc.) but after creating folders / files in the drive, I can't "chown" them. It's all stuck as root.

Where did I go wrong?

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I don't think any of the NTFS implementations support Linux permissions on NTFS volumes. Everything is exposed as belonging to a single user. – Joe Jun 18 '12 at 20:44
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NTFS permissions and *nix permissions don't mix well. If you want full *nix permissions on the external drive, reformat it to ext2/3 or your favorite non-Windows filesystem.

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