12.04 - Slow write speeds to ntfs

  • hamhut1066

    When writing to my ntfs partition I am getting very low speeds( When reading however I'm getting my maximum speeds):

    589824   3%   60.20kB/s    0:04:06

    This example is using

    rsync --progress [File] [Destination]

    Where I am making a copy of the file in the same directory.

    I am mounting my ntfs partition using fstab:

    /dev/sda6 /mnt/data ntfs-3guid=1000,gid=11000,umask=0022,sync,auto,nosuid,rw,nouser 0 0

    I am not sure if this is relevant but I was recently looking at the Power Tweaking tips provided on the Ubuntu wiki and I believe that these situations may correlate.

    Grub Conf:


    The power tweak that I believe is causing the problem is the ALPM.

    Note: My write speeds to my ntfs patition were absolutely fine until about yesterday when I started fiddling with the power tweak(s)

    I am using one drive with multiple partitions, so it cannot be a hardware error, this is also because My dual boot in windows can access the drive at normal speeds.

  • Answers
  • Akshit Baunthiyal

    Happened to me once. I had edited the fstab to automount the NTFS partition automatically at boot. Restoring the file to before editing it did the trick.

  • Related Question

    11.10 - How do I enable NTFS write support?
  • Hanynowsky

    The NTFS Write capabilities were removed in Ubuntu 11.10.
    Henceforth, I cannot write/delete on my External NTFS hard drive, neither can I on the NTFS partition hosting MS Windows.

    I tried to install NTFS-config (and adding the command sudo mkdir -p /etc/hal/fdi/policy to make it work) but before installing it, it asks for removing these packages to resolve dependencies, so what the heck?
    Is there any other way to write on NTFS partitions in Ubuntu 11.10? Which can be installed smoothly.

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    Thanks in advance

  • Related Answers
  • enzotib

    You need ntfs-3g to mount ntfs devices. That said, ntfs-config is only needed to configure ntfs in fstab wich I had problems with in the last upgrade. So install the first one and edit the fstab manually. A normal line to mount a ntfs disk in the boot will look like this in /etc/fstab:

    /dev/sda4 /media/windows ntfs-3g defaults,locale=ca_ES.UTF-8 0 0


    • sda4 is the ntfs partition (the number might change in your case),
    • /media/windows is the directory where you want it mounted (must be created manually) and
    • locale must be your language (mine is catalan) because the system uses for reading the names of files and folders.

    In your case i asume must be en_GB or en_US if you're english.

    If you skip the fstab edit you can still use the ntfs partition as a user, just mount it by clicking in nautilus. But it will be mounted as user. With the fstab it's mounted by the system itself (with read/write to all so you can store your data, of course).

    Wish it helps, good luck!

  • Bruno Pereira

    There is simple way to enable NTFS-write by default: - first install the ntfs configs using terminal command:

    sudo apt-get install ntfs-config

    if apt not work try using aptitude

    • then you just do this command to enable ntfs-config by default

      sudo mkdir -p /etc/hal/fdi/policy

    and last, try to mount the ntfs drive and paste some file to it from the ubuntu and the write function is usable now.

  • Rauls

    It is easier just to install ntfs-3g (it will remove ntfs-progs) and you will r/w support for ntfs drives. I had the same issue and it worked for me.