Linux Commands

Mount Windows NTFS Drive on Linux

When using a dual-boot setup and needing to access data from a Windows drive on Linux, manual mounting may be necessary, as some distributions do not automatically mount the Windows partition with read and write permissions.

In this tutorial, I will be covering how you can manually mount the Windows NTFS drive on Linux.

Note: Be advised that the instructions and commands mentioned in this tutorial are executed on Ubuntu version 22.04.

Mount Windows Drive on Linux

Mounting a Windows drive on Linux involves three steps, which are listed below.

1. Identifying the Windows Partition

Various command-line utilities can be used to identify the Windows partition on Linux. The first one is parted utility, which is used to resize the partitions on Linux.

sudo parted -l

The -l flag in the above command indicates the list.

The output shows the file system type, the NTFS indicates the Windows file system while EXT4 Linux. One way to get information about the NTFS device is to determine the size of its partition. The parted command indicates that the block device is /dev/sda and /dev/sda3 is the Windows NTFS partition.

The lsblk utility is another utility used to list all the attached block devices.


Now that we have all the partition names, we can identify the Windows by its size. In my case, it is /dev/sda3.

2. Creating a Mount Point

In Linux, a mount point is essentially a directory that is used to access a file system. It will be an access point that allows you to access the file system as long as it is mounted.

You can set up a mount point anywhere on the Linux system; I will be creating it on root in the /mnt directory, which is the standard directory typically used to mount the storage devices.

sudo mkdir /mnt/WinMount

A mount point, WinMount in the /mnt directory has successfully been created.

3. Mounting the Windows Drive on Linux

To mount the Windows drive, the mount command is used; the syntax is given below.


Replace the [WINDOWS_DRIVE] and [MOUNT_POINT] in the above syntax.

sudo mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/WinMount

Now, the Windows drive is mounted on Linux and to verify use the df -h command.

df -h

The drive is successfully mounted.

To check permission of the mounted Windows drive, use the mount command with grep.

sudo mount | grep "sda3"

As can be seen, by default, I have the read and write (rw) permissions to the mounted Windows drive. However, permission can also be altered using the -o flag with the mount command. For instance, if you want to mount the drive in read-only (ro) mode, then use the above command in the following way.

sudo mount -o ro /dev/sda3 /mnt/WinMount

Unmount the Windows Drive on Linux

To unmount the Windows drive, the umount command is used with the mount point path.

sudo umount /[MOUNT_POINT]

We will utilize the subsequent command to unmount the mounted drive on the mount point /mnt/WinMount.

sudo umount /mnt/WinMount

To verify, use the df -hT command.

Do I need to Install NTFS-3G on Linux to Mount a Windows Drive?

No, Linux’s kernel version 5.15 and above provides native read and write support for NTFS drives. Therefore, it is not necessary to install third-party drivers. However, if you are using a distribution with no native support for NTFS, then you need to install the ntfs-3g utility.

To install it on Ubuntu, its flavors, and Debian-based distribution use.

sudo apt install ntfs-3g

For CentOS, and Red Hat Linux distributions.

sudo yum install ntfs-3g

For Fedora, Arch-Linux, and distributions based on Arch-Linux, use the command mentioned below.

sudo dnf install ntfs-3g


If the Windows NTFS partition is not automatically mounted on booting in a dual-boot setup, you have to do it manually.

To mount the Windows drive, first, we need to identify the Windows partition on Linux. A mount point directory needs to be created after identifying the drive name; then, using the mount command, the drive can be mounted with read and write access.

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Sam U

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