ntfscp - copy file to an NTFS volume.
] device source_file destination
will copy file to an NTFS volume. destination
can be either
file or directory. In case if destination
is directory specified by
name then source_file
is copied into this directory, in case if
is directory and specified by inode number then unnamed
data attribute is created for this inode and source_file
is copied into
it (WARNING: it's unusual to have unnamed data streams in the directories,
think twice before specifying directory by inode number).
Below is a summary of all the options that ntfscp
accepts. Nearly all
options have two equivalent names. The short name is preceded by -
the long name is preceded by --
. Any single letter options, that don't
take an argument, can be combined into a single command, e.g. -fv
equivalent to -f -v
. Long named options can be abbreviated to any
unique prefix of their name.
- -a, --attribute NUM
- Write to this attribute.
- -i, --inode
- Treat destination as inode number.
- -m, --min-fragments
- Minimize fragmentation when allocating space to the
attribute. This is mostly useful when creating big files.
- -N, --attr-name NAME
- Write to attribute with this name.
- -n, --no-action
- Use this option to make a test run before doing the real
copy operation. Volume will be opened read-only and no write will be
- -f, --force
- This will override some sensible defaults, such as not
working with a mounted volume. Use this option with caution.
- -h, --help
- Show a list of options with a brief description of each
- -q, --quiet
- Suppress some debug/warning/error messages.
- -V, --version
- Show the version number, copyright and license
- -v, --verbose
- Display more debug/warning/error messages.
All data on NTFS is stored in streams, which can have names. A file can have
more than one data streams, but exactly one must have no name. The size of a
file is the size of its unnamed data stream. Usually when you don't specify
stream name you are access to unnamed data stream. If you want access to named
data stream you need to add ":stream_name" to the filename. For
example: by opening "some.mp3:artist" you will open stream
"artist" in "some.mp3". But windows usually prevent you
from accessing to named data streams, so you need to use some program like FAR
or utils from cygwin to access named data streams.
Copy new_boot.ini from /home/user as boot.ini to the root of an /dev/hda1 NTFS
ntfscp /dev/hda1 /home/user/new_boot.ini boot.ini
Copy myfile to C:\some\path\myfile:stream (assume that /dev/hda1 letter in
windows is C):
ntfscp -N stream /dev/hda1 myfile /some/path
There are no known problems with ntfscp
. If you find a bug please send an
email describing the problem to the development team:
was written by Yura Pakhuchiy, with contributions from Anton
Altaparmakov and Hil Liao. It was ported to ntfs-3g by Erik Larsson.
With love to Marina Sapego.
is part of the ntfs-3g
package and is available from: