Provided by: ntfsprogs_1.12.1-1_i386
ntfscp - overwrite file on an NTFS volume.
ntfscp [options] device source_file destination
ntfscp will overwrite file on an NTFS volume. At present ntfscp can’t
create new files. 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. 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 number
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
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 volume:
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
No bugs are known at present. If you find any bugs, please send an
email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
ntfscp was written by Yura Pakhuchiy. ntfscp and this manual page is
based on ntfscat and its manual page by Richard Russon, so many thanks
to him. Information about named data streams was partly taken from
With love to Marina Sapego.
ntfscp is part of the ntfsprogs package and is available from