can my external ntfs hard drives become corrupted with use of ubuntu on a daily basis

Asked by Chris

I am new to linux and ubuntu.

And currently im dual booting ubuntu and win 7 from 2 seperate internal hard drives. I like it so far however a thought crept up on me.

If i use my external hard drives that are ntfs, is there a risk that they can be corrupted or become unsuable since ubuntu uses a different file archiving system. I do know the hard drives are still mounted but i just wanted to verify because the hard drives contain in valuable material.

Also if no harm can come to them while using ubuntu. Can i write to them as well, say having utorrent downloading a file onto them?

thanks again!

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Best N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

No harm at all. Ubuntu has the ability to read and write to multiple filesystems instead of Windows that can handle only their filesystem (FAT32 or NTFS).

Yes you can Read - Write in NTFS through Ubuntu.
You cannot even Read an ext4 filesystem (linux filesystem) through Windows. A special program needs to be installed so Windows can see ext4 filesystem.

I use Ubuntu long time now , and my external HDDs always are NTFS (because I connect them to TV and other devices) and never faced a problem.


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Should be fine. Just remember to cleanly unmount the partition and it'll be ok.

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Chris (chrisgabrielsson) said :

Awesome thanks for the reply!!

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Chris (chrisgabrielsson) said :

Thanks NikTh, that solved my question.