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rockatship 09-18-2005 01:29 PM

Writing to a USB hard drive in Ubuntu
 
I have a USB hard drive box running in hoary Ubuntu. The OS detects it fine on start up and I am able to read data just fine.
Writing is another story. I am given the error message that it is a read-only disk if I try to change permissions on it.
Its filesystem is NTFS (I was using windows up until a couple of weeks ago). I really hope that's not the problem, because I don't know what I'd do with all my data on that drive if i need to reformat it.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Dan

Tuttle 09-18-2005 01:47 PM

ntfs writing is not fully supported under linux, you may write changes to a file (so long as the file size remains the same) but you can't move, delete or make new files :(
fat32 is the best filesystem to use for swapping files between linux and windows. ext2 can also be read from and written to under windows.

aysiu 09-18-2005 04:17 PM

Just to tag on--FAT32 has great read and write capability in Linux, even though NTFS is read-only.

aysiu 09-18-2005 04:18 PM

Delete this post.


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