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Old 09-18-2005, 12:29 PM   #1
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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.

Old 09-18-2005, 12:47 PM   #2
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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.
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Just to tag on--FAT32 has great read and write capability in Linux, even though NTFS is read-only.
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