I recently bought a new 2Tb External Hard Disk Drive, aka XHD, for my Linux Mint 19.0 Acer laptop. It worked fine out of the box and I transferred many movies and videos to it. At the end of the day I simply shut it down without using the “unmount” command. The next day I could read and write these newly moved files but the XHD would accept no more files to its 1.5Tb free space. I contacted Linux Mint Forums, was told about the "Disks" program, ran it, and that seemed to correct my problems. The next day, however, the XHD again, would not accept new files for transfer.
I wrote again, to Linux Mint Forums, describing my problem, but not being patient enough to wait for a response, I reformated my XHD in exFat, thinking the computer would recognize the drive as new and provide me with an operating device. It did not. I eventually discovered the following:
Properties → Permissions → Owner: root → Group: root → You are not the owner, so you cannot change these permissions.
I’ve tried to look for cures in the other posts that seemed similar to mine but to no avail. I did find something that looks good to me but it is only a guess. See below:
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harvey@harvey-Aspire-E5-571G:~$ sudo blkid [sudo] password for harvey: /dev/sda1: UUID="8ED7-7CCF" TYPE="vfat" PARTLABEL="EFI System Partition" PARTUUID="9a88e169-22eb-45e9-a092-f41ecac72b3e" /dev/sda2: UUID="a09a4e1d-1f9d-41dc-a7f1-f672408f8f0e" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="c034d46a-4aad-4730-ba2a-f322a7b71124" /dev/sdb1: LABEL="DISK 3" UUID="A695-1E3D" TYPE="vfat" PARTUUID="d2d6bcdf-01" harvey@harvey-Aspire-E5-571G:~$