NTFS read only, yet can make new folders

I have tried ntfsfix and after it could not remount the drives. So booted into Hirens Boot Cd to run chkdsk and drives automounted as I want. Still no full write access for existing files, yet I can create a new folder and add new files and read and write in new folders.

device                 fs_type    label       mount point                UUID
/dev/sdc1              btrfs                  (in use)                   b4e3b216-a092-473e-8800-311bb9cd5561
/dev/sdb1              ntfs       The stuff of dreams /mnt/The\x20stuff\x20of\x20dreams 01CADF1A7CD5A380
/dev/sdc2              swap       swap        [SWAP]                     0a35d60e-8805-41fb-8ce2-ebab30994957
/dev/sda1              ntfs       About time  /mnt/About\x20time         0CA111DE0CA111DE
/dev/zram0             swap       zram0       [SWAP]                     6b229e81-c7cd-41ac-83da-156a34275bfb
sudo umount /dev/${DRIVE}
sudo ntfsfix /dev/${DRIVE}
sudo mount -a
  Kernel: 5.17.4-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
    root=UUID=b4e3b216-a092-473e-8800-311bb9cd5561 rw [email protected]
    quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
    resume=UUID=0a35d60e-8805-41fb-8ce2-ebab30994957 loglevel=3
  Desktop: GNOME v: 42.0 tk: GTK v: 3.24.33 info: cairo-dock
    wm: gnome-shell dm: GDM v: 42.0 Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Desktop System: Dell product: Inspiron 530 v: N/A
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 3 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Dell model: 0FM586 serial: <superuser required> BIOS: Dell
    v: 1.0.18 date: 02/24/2009
  Info: model: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Core Merom
    family: 6 model-id: 0xF (15) stepping: 0xB (11) microcode: 0xBA
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 smt: <unsupported> cache: L1: 256 KiB
    desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 8 MiB desc: 2x4 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1597 high: 1600 min/max: 1600/2400 scaling:
    driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 1596 2: 1596 3: 1596
    4: 1600 bogomips: 19151
  Flags: ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: EPT disabled
  Type: mds
    status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; SMT disabled
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: spec_store_bypass status: Vulnerable
  Type: spectre_v1
    mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
  Device-1: NVIDIA GT200 [GeForce GTX 260] vendor: eVga.com. driver: nouveau
    v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: DVI-I-2
    empty: DVI-I-1 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:05e2 class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.3 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.1
    compositor: gnome-shell driver: X: loaded: nouveau unloaded: modesetting
    alternate: fbdev,nv,vesa gpu: nouveau display-ID: :1 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
    s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
  Monitor-1: DVI-I-2 model: LG (GoldStar) TV serial: <filter> built: 2010
    res: 1920x1080 dpi: 305 gamma: 1.2 size: 160x90mm (6.3x3.54")
    diag: 184mm (7.2") ratio: 16:9 modes: max: 1920x1080 min: 720x400
  Message: Unable to show GL data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
  Device-1: Intel 82801I HD Audio vendor: Dell Inspiron 530
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:293e
    class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.17.4-zen1-1-zen running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.50 running: yes
  Device-1: Intel 82562V-2 10/100 Network vendor: Dell Inspiron 530
    driver: e1000e v: kernel port: ff00 bus-ID: 00:19.0 chip-ID: 8086:10c0
    class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek 802.11ac NIC type: USB driver: rtl8821cu bus-ID: 1-6:4
    chip-ID: 0bda:c811 class-ID: 0000 serial: <filter>
  IF: wlp0s26f7u6 state: up mac: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 2.27 TiB used: 1.6 TiB (70.2%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital
    model: WD1001FALS-40U9B0 size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: 4F20
    scheme: MBR
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Western Digital
    model: WD1001FALS-00J7B1 size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: 0K05
    scheme: MBR
  ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 vendor: PNY model: CS900 500GB SSD
    size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
    type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 0615 scheme: MBR
  ID-1: / raw-size: 457.34 GiB size: 457.34 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 13.2 GiB (2.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdc1 maj-min: 8:33
  ID-2: /home raw-size: 457.34 GiB size: 457.34 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 13.2 GiB (2.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdc1 maj-min: 8:33
  ID-3: /var/log raw-size: 457.34 GiB size: 457.34 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 13.2 GiB (2.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdc1 maj-min: 8:33
  ID-4: /var/tmp raw-size: 457.34 GiB size: 457.34 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 13.2 GiB (2.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sdc1 maj-min: 8:33
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 3.83 GiB used: 141.2 MiB (3.6%)
    priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
  ID-2: swap-2 type: partition size: 8.42 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
    priority: -2 dev: /dev/sdc2 maj-min: 8:34
  System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  Processes: 212 Uptime: 22m wakeups: 0 Memory: 3.83 GiB
  used: 2.35 GiB (61.4%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers:
  gcc: 11.2.0 Packages: pacman: 1227 lib: 315 Shell: fish v: 3.4.1
  default: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.3.15
Garuda (2.6.1-3):
  System install date:     2022-04-24
  Last full system update: 2022-04-25
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Relevant software:       NetworkManager
  Windows dual boot:       <superuser required>
  Snapshots:               Snapper
  Failed units:

Open terminal, check /dev/sdb1

ls -la

for owner


pacman -Qi ntfsprogs

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 ╰─λ ls -la /dev/sdb1
brw-rw---- 8,17 root 25 Apr 16:05  /dev/sdb1

 ╰─λ pacman -Qi ntfsprogs
Name            : ntfsprogs-ntfs3
Version         : 2021.8.22-9
Description     : NTFS filesystem utilities without NTFS-3G driver. For system with kernel >= 5.15
Architecture    : x86_64
URL             : https://www.tuxera.com/company/open-source/
Licenses        : GPL2
Groups          : None
Provides        : ntfsprogs  ntfs-3g
Depends On      : util-linux
Optional Deps   : None
Required By     : None
Optional For    : udisks2
Conflicts With  : ntfsprogs  ntfs-3g
Replaces        : ntfsprogs
Installed Size  : 1576.78 KiB
Packager        : Nico Jensch <[email protected]>
Build Date      : Sun 27 Feb 2022 04:46:19 AM CST
Install Date    : Mon 28 Mar 2022 10:59:58 PM CDT
Install Reason  : Explicitly installed
Install Script  : No
Validated By    : Signature

Walk in terminal to the file you want to edit and check owner.

root files you can only use with root, but ntfs files I think do not needed.
What tell the arch wiki and the web about?

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Test out the older ntfs3g package, or better yet just deep six ntfs on Linux.

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I don't even know how to try the older NTFS3g package nor deep six.

Install ntfs3g:

sudo pacman -Syu ntfs3g
error: target not found: ntfs3g

ntfs-3g :slight_smile:

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Try a search in your package manager. I don't use ntfs, and if you were smart you wouldn't either.

sudo pacman -Syu ntfs-3g

That worked going back to the older package of ntfs-3g. The drives are older storage drives and sometimes are used in windows boxes. I need more drives or need to change the file system. I am trying to break free from winblows and stay on linux.

I do most certainly appreciate all the help.

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So if there is an update I will have to revert back this ntfs-3g again?

The devs have just reverted to using ntfs-3g, as ntfsprogs has been having issues since its adoption.

No worries.


I really should get a new storage drive and keep it away from NTFS. Just need the funds. As you can see I am using some old hardware. Even my better PC is still old. Hopefully next few months I can build a new pc. Thanks for being helpful either way.

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how old is your comp

I also keep backups in NTFS on an old external spinner that hasn't been shut down for the past 15 years except when power has failed. It's handy, since Linux reads/writes about anything, and also since Paragon's Ext drivers suck ass.

Guess what other filesystems Paragon maintains, anyone?

Yes, Paragon's NTFS driver seems to be having a lot of problems since its inclusion in the kernel. @librewish reverted back to the old ntfs-3g driver yesterday as there has been too many reports of problems with the new Paragon NTFS driver.


This PC is from 2009, but it does well with linux. Not gonna be gaming on it but for daily things it's perfect. Not my only PC though. Yet I do not own anything from the last 5 years.

Has that change been made to the .ISO down load already? I like to keep them on a ventoy USB.