How to Mount a NTFS Drive on CentOS / RHEL / Scientific Linux

This tutorial will show you how to mount an NTFS drive ina read/write mode on CentOS and other RHEL based Linux operating systems with ntfs-3g driver. NTFS-3G is a stable Open Source NTFS driver that supports reading and writing to NTFS drives on Linux and other operating systems.

The ntfs-3g driver is available in the EPEL repository. The first step is to install and activate EPEL on your Linux system.

Enable the EPEL repository

Run the following command as root user on the shell to enable the EPEL repository.

yum install epel-release

EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is a Fedora Special Interest Group that creates, maintains, and manages a set of additional high quality packages for Enterprise Linux, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS and Scientific Linux (SL), Oracle Linux (OL).

Install ntfs-3g driver

Then we have to install the ntfs-3g package with yum.

yum install ntfs-3g

Once installed, we create a directory where the NTFS drive shall be mounted:

mkdir /mnt/win

Now we can mount the NTFS partition by running this command:

mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/win

In this example, my NTFS partition is the device /dev/sdb1. You have to replace that with the device name of your NTFS partition.

The mount point will exist until reboot or until you unmount it with:

umount /mnt/win

To mount the NTFS partition permanently, add the following line to the /etc/fstab file.

Open /etc/fstab with an editor:

nano /etc/fstab

And add the line:

/dev/sdb1 /mnt/win ntfs-3g defaults 0 0

Again, replace /dev/sdb1 with the device name that matches your setup. Now your Linux system will mount the NTFS drive automatically at boot time.

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