Users dual-boot Windows 10 or 8 and Linux distributions (whether Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, openSUSE, etc.), and sometimes notice that the Windows partition is mounted as read-only, allowing access to files from the Windows partition, but refusing to create new Files and folders, or modify existing files.
On older Linux distributions, users may not be able to access the Windows partition at all, and receive an “installation failed, operation not allowed” error, which also adds that the NTFS partition is in an unsafe state.
This problem is caused by the Windows Quick Start (also known as mixed startup or mixed shutdown) option, which is enabled by default. When shutting down Windows, it will sleep to speed up the startup. This is a good choice on Windows, but it will cause the above problem when I start Windows and Linux at the same time.
Here are some solutions.
|Windows 10 partition installed as read-only in Ubuntu (you will notice that the “New Folder” right-click menu item is not available)|
I. Shut down Windows completely.
Windows shutting down completely (without hibernation) will give Windows 10 or 8 drives full read and write access on Linux. To perform a complete shutdown, press and hold
Shift When you press
Shut down Button on Windows 10 or 8 OS. You can also restart Windows and reboot to the Linux distribution. In the case of a complete shutdown and restart, neither Windows will sleep, so you will be able to access the Windows drive through read / write access in Linux.
Whenever you want to fully access the Windows partition from Linux.II, you need to do this. Disable Windows 10 or 8 Quick Start option.
A permanent method to mount a Windows partition is to have full read and write permissions on Linux, which disables the Windows Quick Start option. However, this will cause the Windows operating system to start slower!
You can disable Quick Start by starting Windows 10 or Windows 8
Control Panel, search for
Power Options Then click next, click
Choose what the power buttons do Items in the left sidebar:
To be able to close the quick start, click
Change settings that are currently unavailable:
Turn on fast startup The options shown below
Shutdown settings; After closing it, remember to click
Save changes Button to apply changes:What if you do this, but the Windows partition is still mounted read-only in Linux, or you cannot access it at all? This may be due to:
- Some Windows updates (especially Windows 10 seem to be more so) may have re-enabled the fast startup option, so you need to disable it again.
- In some case The hibernation file may be created before turning off the quick start option, so the hibernation file will never be destroyed. In this case, please turn on the Quick Start option, restart Windows, and then close Quick Start again.
There is a third option-
ntfsfix Command (part of the ntfs-3g software package). This command fixes some NTFS inconsistencies, resets the NTFS log file, and arranges the NTFS consistency check for first boot into Windows. However, this may damage the Windows installation, so this is not recommended, which is why I did not add it as an option.
But it’s worth mentioning because it can be useful in certain situations. For example, if you no longer install Windows 10 or Windows 8, but the NTFS partition is in hibernation. In this case, you can use
sudo ntfsfix /dev/NTFS_partition (E.g
/dev/sdb1) Mount the partition with full read / write access.