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Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive [SOLVED]

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:10 am
by jackkileen
Hello, I'm trying to move/paste/drag a folder into another harddrive (4 TB drive, NTFS) on my machine with no luck.
I can move files/folders out of that drive but can't move any into it as I get "The destination is read only".

I tried to change the folder permissions for the folder I wanted to move files into but it doesn't "stick".

Some screenshots below...


└─sda2 8:2 0 3.7T 0 part /media/zyoc/4TB Ms
folders.jpg
permissions.jpg

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:11 pm
by GNULinux
jackkileen wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:10 am
Hello, I'm trying to move/paste/drag a folder into another harddrive (4 TB drive, NTFS) on my machine with no luck.
I can move files/folders out of that drive but can't move any into it as I get "The destination is read only".
i think you should try opening the file manager as root for this
just right click in the empty white space beneath folders
then choose the option open as root
then enter your password
a new file manager window will open with elevated privileged
now try changing permissions within this window

now you should be able to change permissions :)

hope it works for you :mrgreen: see ya!

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:31 pm
by mikeflan
Also search on this forum for "fastboot" and read the very recent posts about that.

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:52 am
by jackkileen
Thanks for the replies!

Opening the folder as root and then changing the permissions didn't "stick" either.

Is "fastboot" a Windows thing? I don't have Windows installed anywhere except on a removable USB drive.

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:59 am
by mikeflan
Yes, it is a Windows thing. So not your problem.

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:06 pm
by AndyMH
mikeflan wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:59 am
Yes, it is a Windows thing. So not your problem.
Not necessarily, if that drive has been used on a windows machine with fast start enabled, the filesystem could be locked.

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:04 pm
by jackkileen
AndyMH wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:06 pm
mikeflan wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:59 am
Yes, it is a Windows thing. So not your problem.
Not necessarily, if that drive has been used on a windows machine with fast start enabled, the filesystem could be locked.
Yes, that drive was used on a dual boot Windows 10 and LMint 19.3 machine.
If it is locked would I still be able to move files/folders out of the drive, as I can now? (I just can't copy files into that drive)

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:02 pm
by AndyMH
Yes, you should be able to copy stuff off - not that I've had this problem, when installing win10 fast start is the second thing I do, the first is turning off auto updates. I'd copy the files off and then reformat it.

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:03 pm
by jackkileen
AndyMH wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:02 pm
Yes, you should be able to copy stuff off - not that I've had this problem, when installing win10 fast start is the second thing I do, the first is turning off auto updates. I'd copy the files off and then reformat it.
So is there is no way I can access this drive from Linux to files to it?

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:46 am
by AndyMH
Without plugging it into a windows machine, then disabling fast start and shutting down, I don't think you will be able to write to it.

You could try ntfsfix, but I don't think it will fix the problem.
http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/xen ... fix.8.html

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive [SOLVED]

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:49 am
by jackkileen
AndyMH wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:46 am
Without plugging it into a windows machine, then disabling fast start and shutting down, I don't think you will be able to write to it.

You could try ntfsfix, but I don't think it will fix the problem.
http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/xen ... fix.8.html
That did the trick, thank you, much appreciated!!! :D

For future reference, if needed, here's what I did...

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sudo apt install ntfs-3g -y

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sudo ntfsfix /dev/sda2

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive [SOLVED]

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:54 pm
by AndyMH
Well so much for my pessimism :)
Did it output anything to tell you what the original problem was?

Re: Can't Change Permissions in Folder on Harddrive [SOLVED]

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:45 pm
by jackkileen
AndyMH wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:54 pm
Well so much for my pessimism :)
Did it output anything to tell you what the original problem was?
Didn't specify anything just said it ran successfully (sorry I didn't copy the complete results).