Just to add on to the advice given thus far, if you wish to write to
your NTFS partitions while in Linux, stable "write" support can also be
achieved through ntfs-3g.
In Ubuntu, make sure you have the Universe repositories enabled, and
it's as simple as "sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g".
You mentioned Fedora, which I believe also has a pre-compiled RPM. If
not, compiling the software is very easy to do.
The driver uses the "fuse" kernel module which is also useful for many
other projects including one of my favorites, 'sshfs".
Once installed and loaded you can mount the drive manually or
automatically through /etc/fstab. See the ntfs-3g home page for the
very simple instructions on how to use it.
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