Not specific to NTFS, as a security regimen I avoid needlessly mounting internal drives.
Specific to NTFS, when I mount with read+write permission, I do so without reservation — without fear of “linux corrupting the data”.
I’ll stop short of branding the redditor as spreading FUD; when dealing with certain (new, or casual) users, sometimes a “l’il white lie” serves as a beneficial coaching tool.
the only time I’m run into problems with ntfs is when I’ve booted into windows, and windows does a update on shutdown or whatever. Windows locks the ntfs partitions somehow during updates and “hybird shutdowns”, and I’ve found it possible with a linux root file manager session to cause data loss.
The solution of course is to make sure windows leaves the ntfs partition in a neutral state. I do this by ensuring that updates are complete, including restarts, before switching back to a linux session.
You can also do this without the updates ind windows by holding down the shift key when restarting. This will skip the update process and a restart will release the ntfs partition safely for other installs to use.
For me, “the only time” was back around 2006.
I fell into a miserable, freakish, edge-case, whereby booting a liveCD
(provided by Canonical, gratis, must take 5+ and promise to pass along to friends)
fouled the (winXP, intel software raid driver) RAID array on one of my machines.
To this day, whenever distrohopping, I hold a habit of uncabling internal drives prior to livebooting.