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[solved] how to make USB stick writeable

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:59 am
by Richarda
I want to copy some photos to USB stick to transfer to my desktop but msg says it is read only.

How can I copy files to this USB stick?

Re: how to make USB stick writeable

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:28 pm
by Charlie
by pyrus ยป Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:03 pm

I had the same problem with various types of USB memory sticks on Mint 13 Maya (MATE edition). I actually had two problems:
a) One of my sticks (that I had copied from the Mint ISO) was formatted as an ISO-9660 (CD) format filesystem
b) Other sticks were mounted read-write but my user only had read-only access to them

For the first problem I guess I'm stuck with the restriction of the filesystem, but for the others I created a UDEV rule to give myself read-write access as follows:

1. Create a file in /etc/udev/rules.d, e.g. 90-usb-disks.rules
2. Place the following in the new file:

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# UDEV Rules to change the permission of USB disks
#

KERNEL=="sd*[0-9]", ATTR{removable}=="1", ENV{ID_BUS}=="usb", MODE="0666"
In Mint I didn't even have to restart the UDEV service as creating the file triggers the new rules to be loaded :D

This is based on the advice on AskUbuntu here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/17540/ho ... able-drive with changed MODE value.

[solved] Re: how to make USB stick writeable

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:12 am
by Richarda
thanks,
that's a bit advanced for me but I dual booted back to windows and the USB worked.

Re: [solved] how to make USB stick writeable

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:10 am
by Charlie
No problem. It's just a matter of finding the right place and then copy and pasting as shown. A two minute job. Really.