ntfscp [options] device source_file destination
ntfscp 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 destination
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 - and
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 is
equivalent to -f -v. Long named options can be abbreviated to any
unique prefix of their name.
-a, --attribute NUM
Write to this attribute.
Treat destination as inode number.
-N, --attr-name NAME
Write to attribute with this name.
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
This will override some sensible defaults, such as not working
with a mounted volume. Use this option with caution.
Show a list of options with a brief description of each one.
Suppress some debug/warning/error messages.
Show the version number, copyright and license ntfscp.
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
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:
ntfscp was written by Yura Pakhuchiy, with contributions from Anton Al-
taparmakov and Hil Liao. It was ported to ntfs-3g by Erik Larsson.
With love to Marina Sapego.
ntfscp is part of the ntfs-3g package and is available from:
ntfs-3g 2013.1.13AR.1 September 2007 NTFSCP(8)
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