External USB disk - Only ROOT has Write permission (Suse 10.3)
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I need to use the Disk on both Windows and Linux machines.
Not all the Windows machines are connected (even remotely) to Linux machines so I have to use a Windows file system on the disk.
The current incarnation of ntfs-3g with the latest kernel doesn't seem to break NTFS. I've done some pretty exhaustive testing on SUSE 10.3 x_64. Unlike the initial releases of FUSE / ntfs-3g this seems very stable.
Ideally an ext3 file system would be better but on some Windows machines (Office / Work) I use I don't have admin rights so can't install the ext3 package for Windows.
(I also backup regularly so no disaster even if the whole disk goes AWOL).
That method is not really a solution as I need to use the disks in applications such as VMWARE Workstation.
The Super User mode is fine for browsing files / copying data but when you need to run specific applications such as Opem Office etc. then you need normal USER access to these disks.
The nt-3g method described above works fine.
With large disks and VISTA vfat will probably be on its way out soon anyway.
I think you misunderstood me. You use Super User Mode to change the permissions. Then the disk is owned by the user instead of root. It worked for me anyway for writing to my external firewire drive as a regular user.
If you want any user to be able to write to a vfat filesystem, use dmask & fmask mount options that allow "others" to write to it. The "uid=" mount option can change the ownership to yourself. Unless there was a problem with the filesystem causing it to be mounted readonly, you must not have used the uid, fmask & dmask options that would give you write access.