unable to format external hard drive
I'm running Novell SLED 10.1 and need to back up approximately 40GB of data to jump over to Ubuntu 8.10. I cannot store data on my external HD; I get access denied errors. I have tried reformatting and repartitioning the drive, and I still cannot write to it, and there is still data there even after reformatting.
The drive will mount, but again, I cannot write to it. I have tried chmod 755 /dev/sdb1 as well as chmod 755 /media/SimpleDrive. I currently have two ext2 partitions, on which the Get Started with Windows and Mac files still exist and to which I still cannot write. Any help here would be appreciated...
I've used cfdisk and fdisk to repartition. mkfs won't create a filesystem on a mounted drive. I can't afford to lose the data on my internal HD, either.