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ntfs-3g.probe - Probe an NTFS volume mountability

ntfs-3g.probe <--readonly|--readwrite> volume

The ntfs-3g.probe utility tests a volume if it's NTFS mountable read-only or read-write, and exits with a status value accordingly. The volume can be a block device or image file.

Below is a summary of the options that ntfs-3g.probe accepts.

Test if the volume can be mounted read-only.
Test if the volume can be mounted read-write.
Display help and exit.

Test if /dev/sda1 can be mounted read-write:

ntfs-3g.probe --readwrite /dev/sda1

The exit codes are as follows:

0
Volume is mountable.
11
Syntax error, command line parsing failed.
12
The volume doesn't have a valid NTFS.
13
Inconsistent NTFS, hardware or device driver fault, or unsetup SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware.
14
The NTFS partition is hibernated.
15
The volume was not cleanly unmounted.
16
The volume is already exclusively opened and in use by a kernel driver or software.
17
Unsetup SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware.
18
Unknown reason.
19
Not enough privilege to mount.
20
Out of memory.
21
Unclassified FUSE error.

Please see

for common questions and known issues. If you think you have found an undocumented problem in the latest release of the software then please post an ntfs-3g issue describing it in detail so that the development team can be aware of the issue and take care of it:

ntfs-3g.probe was written by Szabolcs Szakacsits.

Alon Bar-Lev has integrated the utility into the NTFS-3G build process and tested it with Erik Larsson before the public release.

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January 2008 ntfs-3g.probe 2022.5.17