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My usb drive with one ntfs partiton gets mounted read only.

Postby cdysthe on Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:35 pm

Hi,

I have a Lacie external USB drive with one ntfs partition on it. I have all the ntfs stuff installed on my MInt 5 XFCE laptop. I have another internal ntfs partition mounted at all times without problems. However, the USB drive gets mounted read only. I have tried to set it to read/write by installing the ntfs-config package and set both internal and external to read/write, but it doesn't work. It's still mounted read only. I can read the files on the drive without problems. The strange thing is that my file manager (Thunar in XFCE) in properties for the drive says it's read/write, but it isn't. I can not write to it. This is the /etc/mtab entry for the drive:

/dev/sdb1 /media/disk fuseblk ro,nosuid,nodev,noatime,allow_other,blksize=4096 0 0.

Any help getting this drive to mount read/write would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: My usb drive with one ntfs partiton gets mounted read only.

Postby Husse on Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:11 pm

Look at the fstab line
The options are as follows
ro,nosuid,nodev,noatime,allow_other,blksize=4096

The first option is ro - care to make a guess what that means :)
Remove ro and hopefully it works (don't forget the trailing comma after ro)
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Re: My usb drive with one ntfs partiton gets mounted read only.

Postby cdysthe on Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:09 pm

Husse wrote:Look at the fstab line
The options are as follows
ro,nosuid,nodev,noatime,allow_other,blksize=4096

The first option is ro - care to make a guess what that means :)
Remove ro and hopefully it works (don't forget the trailing comma after ro)


Well, I did not know if I was supposed to create an entry in fstab for this removal drive since there currently isn't one and the drive gets plugged in and out all the time. I do not know how things work for removable drives so even if I know what ro means it doesn't help me since I do not know how removable drives gets mounted and how the mtab entry was created.

So just to see if I understand this correctly: If I create an entry for the removable drive in fstab, that entry will be used every time I plug it in and the drive will be mounted read write? What would happen if I had two different removable drive and the other drive got plugged in first as /dev/sdb1, wouldn't that cause problems?


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Re: My usb drive with one ntfs partiton gets mounted read only.

Postby Husse on Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:45 pm

/dev/sdb1, wouldn't that cause problems?

Spot on - this is the only use I see for UUID - read more here
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... annot_boot
And - you can probably skip the fstab entry - USB units are mounted by pmount on insertion
There is a use for a fstab entry in some cases - like if you want the disk always to be called the same
So comment out that line put ## in the beginning
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