Never done dual boot partitioned a Windows and Linux system before and to be fair never really ever want to again. The idea is good in principle but if you want to share a common data drive between the two you are going to have to get your hands dirty with sharing permissions between Linux and Windows.

ntfs-3g can mount a Windows ntfs partition happily in Linux, but I ran into trouble when I redirected windows documents, pictures and music folders into Linux and tried to use the same folders there.

Originally I mounted the NTFS volume onto /home and learned very quickly that this isn’t a good idea. All sorts of issues cropped up about ownership of the .gnupg folder and keys. I eventually settle on mounting the volume onto /mnt/data and using symbolic links for David’s Document, Pictures, Downloads and Music folders.

$ cd ~
$ ln -s /mnt/data/david/Documents

I mounted the Windows D: drive in Linux using an entry /etc/fstab:

UUID=176D74A26CE8F9F7 /mnt/data ntfs-3g auto 0 1

I wanted a seamless user experience so I could create a document or an image file in Windows and use it from the same folder in Linux. I began taking ownership of folders in Windows and then not being able to create files in Linux or vice versa.

Thankfully this was all done for one user so I set about using UserMapping.

The instructions I initially followed used a tool called ntfsusermap to create a UserMapping file based on results collected scanning a Windows volume. This didn’t turn out so well for me.

I then thought all I need is the users SID from windows right? Let’s just grab it with wmic.

c:\> wmic useraccount get name,sid

This churned out a list of all the users and their SID’s which I then ported into a file called UserMapping in the folder .NTFS-3G on the root of the filesystem I am sharing – in my case D:\ which mounts as /mnt/data in Linux.

I ensured the file created used Unix LF, not Windows CR+LF and ensured I kept the cases exactly /.NTFS-3G/UserMapping.


In Windows I then made david the owner of his D:\david folder and granted him full control and inherited and overwrote all the permissions below that.

Now when I boot into Linux I can create files in /home/david/Documents etc. and Windows can read, write and delete them happily.