File permissions on external drive.

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File permissions on external drive.

Postby buddylind on Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:04 pm

Hello all. I have formated an external USB drive but when I try to save something to it I get an error message that I do not have permissions. When I try to change permissions it says that I can't do that because I am not the owner. Argh! Any idea what I am doing wrong? Thanks.
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Re: File permissions on external drive.

Postby deadguy on Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:44 pm

Hi buddylind,


a few questions,

1. does the external drive boot with the computer or do you plug it in after booting?

2. is it a hard drive or a thumb(flash) drive?

3. what file system is it formated to (ext3, fat32, ntfs etc)

4. open the drive, right click in the open window, choose properties and
look at the permissions tab. who is the owner, is it root??


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Re: File permissions on external drive.

Postby MagnusB on Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:15 am

This can often be solved with chown on the folder, but some file systems have issues with Linux right management (FAT32). This can easily be solved by adding the disk to /etc/fstab.
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Re: File permissions on external drive.

Postby buddylind on Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:14 pm

Ok, its fixed. I was able to do a chmod and change permissions so that I can use it now. Thanks to you guys that is. I knew I was missing something easy. Thanks again for all your help. You guys are great.
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