Change ownership of NTFS Drives


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Feb 20, 2020
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I am in the process of moving my Plex media server over to Ubuntu from Windows. I have two separate hard drives with movies/tv shows and due to being NTFS it is assigned to root. How can I go about changing ownership from root to me so i can edit the file names and move everything around from the two drives.

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For the task you would like to perform you'll need to know the basic's of Linux permissions.

I believe you need the 'change ownership' command. Which is chown followed by the users name and file. Here's ways to use that command:

Here's a guide to get you started:

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And don't forget that NTFS, being a Windows beast doesn't handle permissions exactly the way that Linux does. NTFS is more an ACL (access control list) thing, which can be difficult from within Linux. Not impossible, you can still do a chown and a chmod on the directory to which the NTFS drive is mounted, and that will probably get it.

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