I had this problem under one of the 5.9 betas, and was given a solution:http://www.vectorlinux.com/forum2/index.php?topic=4559.msg30382#msg30382
However, I've just tried to write to the same drive from 5.9 release, and it is mounted read only again. The two items mentioned in the link above (/sbin/mount.ntfs and /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-ntfs-policy.fdi) are both in place (I presume that they shipped with the release, since I've not touched anything in that area since installing the release).
If I use 'mount' from the command line, I get the following for the external drive:
/dev/sda1 on /media/FreeAgent Drive type fuseblk (ro,nosuid,nodev,noatime,allow_others,blksize=4096)
So, can someone tell me what I need to do to get read-write access to the drive? Please?
Hmm. It seems I've found part of the answer. I had a directory and some files (a movie in avi format) on the drive. It seemed to be corrupt and I needed the space, so I ran Windows up and removed the directory. Now I have read-write access to the drive from Vector. A peculiarity of NTFS-3G? Very strange....