Ubuntu / Windows Sharing a Dropbox folder on NTFS
Senior R&D Manager (Data Science) at Synopsys Software Integrity Group and Treasurer at Farset Labs
Take one Dual-Boot laptop, with three partitions: /dev/sda1:Windows File System /dev/sda2:Linux File System /dev/sda3:Data Partition
I already had Dropbox installed on the Windows side and didn’t want to have things duplicated on the linux side, problem is Ubuntu currently does not mount internal drives automatically on boot, so every time I fired up Ubuntu, I had to re-mount the drive, password and all.
Easy enough fix: Make a new /etc/fstab entry for the shared drive and define a mount point.
/dev/sda3 /media/Shared ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_GB.UTF-8 0 0
Then change your Dropbox location to wherever you have the folder under /media/Shared/ (or as I do and just symbolically link it to under your Home folder, This is also a good idea because Windows defaults to calling the Dropbox folder “My Dropbox” whereas in *nix its simply “Dropbox”)
Last but not least
sudo umount /dev/sda3
sudo mount /media/Shared
Then just enjoy the 2.5Gb of hard disk you just saved.