Copying and moving files

This may be why. NTFS does not support file ownership and permissions in Linux.

Can you please try terminal install:

sudo apt install ntfs-3g

Once done, please reboot, then repeat the above actions to change ownership of the NTFS volume and see if it works.

These warnings can be ignored. The reason these showed up is because you opened a Root Access instance of Nautilus, which was not able to access your $USER bookmarks since those bookmarks are in your $USER account, not your ROOT account.
This is fine, since you would only ever use your Root Account for admin functions and should not ever use it for daily tasks.

Thanks, just tried this!

sudo apt install ntfs-3g

Installed two packages. Rebooted.

Repeated the process above for Nautilus. But it's the same. I can change things in the owner and group drop-downs, but whatever I choose it immediately changes back to root. I can change the "permissions for enclosed files" to give full access to everyone, but when I next go in it hasn't changed anything, still the same.

This does make me think that perhaps the other issues where file movement and creation in Zorin are acting differently on the Desktop versus my NTFS shared data drive actually come down to Zorin thinking it doesn't have permission for me (the user) to make changes to the Data drive? However, I can open and save files and folders on it, so maybe that's a red herring. As you can tell, I am not very clear on these things, I just expected my (physically separate, HDD) D: to work with both operating systems (each of which is on a separate M2 SSD). I got past the first hurdles in Linux, where it seemed to keep losing the Data drive, and worked out that I had to "mount" it and tell it to do that every time in the Disks utility. After that it always appears. And I had done a full format of the drive first, not just a quick one. I always assumed Linux would automatically do stuff like that, or at least give the option when installing, since it's probably fairly common to have more than one OS and for them to have a shared data drive.

I wish there was an OS that wasn't multi-user, that had an option for single user only so that permissions and users and groups weren't relevant! I remember sometimes even if I reinstalled Windows on the same PC, with no changes to the D:. I would run into issues with it then thinking someone else had created all the files on the D: and somehow restrict me from doing things with them. :frowning:

I do appreciate you trying to help - if there is any way to tell Zorin the Data drive is fully open for my Linux user profile to access that can only be a good thing!

You formatted the Data Drive recently?
Is it possible to do this again? :expressionless: If so, formatting it to ext4 would be the way to go. Having it in NTFS creates a series of issues that would need to be worked around.

But it has to be NTFS so Win10 can also read the drive. One M2 SSD with Zorin, one with Win10 (for a few programs only), shared Data drive with everything I backup (personal documents, work files, 3D assets etc). If I only used Zorin then yes, I'd format everything as ext4. (Some of this setup stuff was in the original post that I was asked to split, sorry for the confusion!)

I formatted the data drive just before I installed Zorin and Win10 on the empty SSDs. It took a whole day to do a full format and then copy all my files onto it (over 1TB).

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Ah, I see.
Hmmm maybe others that are well versed with modern Windows can be more help. For example, @337harvey.

Windows and Linux are pretty different. There may be some give and take. Do not lose hope, but please keep in mind that those differences may, at times, be stark.

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Cheers. I'm really pleased that I have got this far - I can access and do stuff on the drive from both OSs. But some of the issues with moving files might be fully resolved if this is the underlying cause, making it even easier to do my daily work on Linux. It's going well so far!

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I was wondering why a simple copy and paste question thread was still going, so I decided to check it out. Imagine my surprise when I found out that your drive was formatted NTFS for Windows. Yep, there lies the problem right there.

I realize I can't speak for everybody, some people are forced to use Windows10 for their work, I get that. But if its for a personal machine, I'd kick Windows to the curb where it belongs. For the record, I sent my Windows7 installation disk out my Window, flew like a frisby, into the neighbors yard, and happily got run overed by their lawn mower.

I'd format that drive a lovely shade of GPT, with a delicious flavor of EXT4. Then I'd install Zorin OS 16 at my earliest convenience. But thats what I would do. You do you, and I'll be happy for you. HEHE


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Unless it's ext4 you are not going to get that functionality from Linux. You could try giving the fstab entry God permissions (0777) instead of 0007. But I'm thinking that won't do it either.

Your probably stuck with keyboard shortcuts then. Sorry bout that.


I spent a year working towards switching to Linux: changing default software (e.g. Outlook to Thunderbird), doing research. It turned out I still needed Windows for two purposes.

1> Daz Studio. This is part of my business. It has loads of over-complicated interconnected parts. I looked into whether it would run in Linux via Crossover or Wine - not really. I looked into a VM - nope, turns out the GPU can't be shared between the main OS and the VM, but I would need it in both. So the only option is dual boot. And to have my files available to both OS requires NTFS.

2< I bought games from GOG, Itch and Steam for decades. I have a crazy number, many still not played (partly because I replay my old favourites such as HoMM2/3, System Shock, STALKER, C64 and Amiga emulation). I'm going to work through the list, prioritising ones that won't run on Linux, so I at least get to play them once. After that I'll just stick to the ones I can get to work in Linux.

But that means I need Windows for now, even if I only use it every few days. I've already made a huge transition in switching to Linux. I've suggested a Linux version of Daz Studio many times, but I doubt they have any interest in doing so.

I don't understand the permissions thing I'm afraid! It's an area that I have never comprehended, because it seems so alien to single-user PC setups.

Well, if it is an NTFS issue then I will just have to live with it and use workarounds. It's funny, I read loads of articles about dual booting Windows and Linux, none of them ever mentioned dealing with a shared data drive (which seems to be an element I would have thought was fairly common in dual use setups? Especially for people transitioning from Windows to Linux.)

If there is really no way that Linux/Zorin can do basic stuff on an NTFS drive, maybe my only option is something I wanted to avoid - partition the 4TB HDD so 2TB are ext4 and 2TB NTFS. Put all the Daz Studio assets on the NTFS, and everything else on the ext4. It will be more complex - if I am stuck in Windows doing a long render I won't have access to any of my files (including work files I could have got on with). Also it means that instead of backups being D: and Desktop, it will be those plus the NTFS partition.

Before I consider this, can someone confirm that Zorin would then work in the way I expected? E.g. being able to star files in Nautilus on the HDD? Being able to dram emails out of Thunderbird, and to open the saved file with a double click? Being able to change the config of the special menus, and getting a notification if I delete files from the desktop? i.e. the stuff I have raised in my other questions? I don't want to spend a day backing up and doing this and confirming file integrity for 2TB of data if it doesn't make any difference to the issues I've had! Cheers.

@Karl . Just wondered if you overlooked @Aravisian 's left field suggestion to use multi-platform cloud storage for your (maybe often used) shared Windows and Zorin workfiles, like he mentioned at bottom of this post: File explorer – starred files - #6 by Aravisian

A Mega account may be an option for you as it provides a reasonable amount of stoage in the free plan. Not just me, others on here have also endorsed it.

However, the disparity between Win and Zorin filesystems is a problem for those wishing to open and work on files in both OS.

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That can be fixed easely, gog games, steam game and so one are running great under linux. Daz Studio Probably can run too with this tutorial.

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Thanks, but I don't want to use cloud storage. Sometimes my internet hasn't been available, and there are times I can't use it at all as it is shared with someone who does online teaching, and there isn't the bandwidth for both of us at those times. Plus my data storage needs are growing, so it wouldn't be practical. Backed up drives in my PC are the only (and hopefully fastest) option for me! (And yes, my backups are kept off-site, so if my PC was ever stolen or destroyed, I wouldn't lose my data).

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I checked Proton and so on as part of my research, and there are at least 20% of the games that would be problematic or not run on Linux, or require lots of fiddling. And until I actually tried it, there's no 100% sure way of identifying them, since every PC is different. As to Daz Studio, Codeweavers said it won't work properly, and even the most accomplished Daz Studio techies who also use Linux only got the 32 bit version working, and without many of the features, plus it was liable to break at any time (almost certainly after a big DS update).

That was not a kind remark.
If you look closely, Karl was answering my post, re Mega cloud storage.


I do read, consider, edit. Maybe you got a notification that I'd replied, but then you scrolled to the wrong one? I replied to you about the software I use, and zabadabadoo about cloud storage.


I could quote the Posting Guidelines to you...
I am too busy being amused at your failure to read resulting in you accusing someone of failing to read.

I predict your ferret is giving you a look of contempt today. :slight_smile:


Ohhhh dear thee, how far thy fall upon thy sword, makes one reflect on ones decisions, a lesson in humility that is.


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In Michel :frowning_face:

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