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They are all set to ro. It does not matter with some, as my C drive (with XP) is NTFS. The other drives I can use Partition Magic to convert to FAT32, as I have read that it can cause problems trying to write to NTFS drives.
Here is the result of the doing the cat /etc/ftstab:
I assume that you want to write to hda5. If you are the only user on the computer, you may want to add the options uid=gcox,gid=gcox. I assumed that your user name is gcox, substitute your own user name or user/group id. If there are others you can create a group that will allow you to access this drive.
By using user and group permissions instead of the users option, The drive is more secure incase someone can gain remote access to your computer. However, I don't understand why root wasn't able to write to the drive.
Your fstab entry should then look like this:
Also, Mandrake sets up a group called fileshare for the purpose of sharing access to drives. To allow another user to access the drive, add the user to the fileshare group and change the fstab option to gid=fileshare.
What do you recommend as an editor? I remember using vi many, many years ago when I was learning a bit of Unix - very unintuitive! I can use it, but if there is a simpler text editor, I would prefer to use it.
I assume that I just remove the ro from the string? I can also add the other things that you suggest.
Do the changes take immediate effect or do I need to reboot ?- spoken like an experienced Windows user!