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I know there are a lot of posts on this so I have spent a few days searching them and trying the suggestions but nothing has worked so I need a unique answer I think.
My problem is that I can't seem to get access to fat32 partitions used by XP under user account, only root. I can unmount under root, and mount as user and read/write to them just fine, but would like to boot with access for user because I keep certain things I use in both OS's like wallpapers and icons on one of the fat32's to save space but then they wont load when I boot. Also, if I edit fstab to read noauto, or add user or make other edits, new entries for the fat32 partitions magically appear in the fstab after rebooting. You can see it below.
/dev/hda7 /mnt/hda7 auto defaults 0 0
none /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1 auto defaults 0 0
/dev/hda2 /mnt/hda2 auto defaults 0 0
Those last two entries just show up every time I reboot regardless of what changes I make, so I don't know what I'm missing. I used SuSE 9.0 previously where it mounts everything nicely for me so I don't know exactly how to do this. Please help.
Well, like I said I can read/write as user if I unmount as root first, and in SuSE 9.0, I didn't even have to do that, it was automatically configured to allow read/write for all users to the windows partitions which I what I want. And I know its safer to only login as root when necessary, but if I can't get this to work I'd rather login as root every time or go back to windows altogether (ok just kidding about the last part).
I don't want to be able to write to the Windows partition as a user, but I would like to be able to write to the other two (for example, so I can burn CDs in Linux and store the files in my media partition without having to su just to copy them over!)
Ok, I got it figured out finally. The Mandrake club forum is to thank for the original post I guess. When I finally got it to work after three days of trying I got up and did a little dance. Anyway... You'll probably want to back up your fstab first, then...
To /etc/fstab, I added the following entry:
/dev/hda2 /mnt/hda2 vfat umask=0,quiet 0 0
And deleted the previous entry for dev/hda2 which was something like /dev/hda2 /mnt/hda2 auto defaults 0 0
Note: in your case, you would replace
/dev/hda1 /mnt/media vfat iocharset=iso8859-1 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/media vfat umask=0,quiet 0 0
where you could insert tabs if you want like in your fstab, but notice spacing is very important from the umask part on... don't put a space after that comma or I don't think it will work. In any event, works great for me. Hope it does for you.