Ubuntu: Avoid shared NTFS disk mount problems

I’ve been sharing a storage disk between Windows and Ubuntu for the past while and randomly encounter the following issue sometimes when I boot up Ubuntu and try to mount my Windows storage drive.

Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/bladelores/01BC76G7Z2628FB0: Command-line `mount -t “ntfs” -o “uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177″ “/dev/sdb1″ “/media/bladelores/01BC76G7Z2628FB0″‘ exited with non-zero exit status 14: The disk contains an unclean file system (0, 0).
Metadata kept in Windows cache, refused to mount.
Failed to mount ‘/dev/sdb1′: Operation not permitted
The NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown
Windows fully (no hibernation or fast restarting), or mount the volume
read-only with the ‘ro’ mount option.

This is caused by Windows 8 new ‘fast start-up’ feature.

How to disable Windows Fast Restarting


  1. In Windows launch Control Panel and search for “Power”.
  2. Click on “Change what the power buttons do”.
  3. Next click the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” action near the top of the power settings screen.
  4. Finally untick “Turn on fast start-up (recommended)”

Now you can restart Windows and you shouldn’t encounter the mounting issue in Ubuntu again.