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Old 08-16-2003, 02:07 PM   #1
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Dual-Boot: Shared Drive Access Problem

Hello all,

Ok, my latest glitch

My system is Dual-Boot (Mandrake 9.1/Windows XP Pro)

I have a hard disk that I formatted suing Fat32, and it is supposed to be my data drive under both operating systems. Windows XP has no issues with it at all (mostly because I know how to set up thing properly in Windows, unlike in Linux )

Linux can see the disk, and I can read all of my files in there without trouble, but I don't seem to have write permissions under Linux. I get an "Access Denied" message anytime I try to create a file or directory in the drive.

If I log in as root, then no problem, I can write and read the drive. I have checked the properties for permissions, and to my newbie eyes it looks like everything is correctly set to give my main account write priviledges, but alas, still no luck.

The owner of the drive is listed as root ... is this what I should change?

Thanks for the input ... again
Old 08-16-2003, 02:15 PM   #2
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What does your /etc/fstab entry look like? What permissions are on the mount point?
Old 08-16-2003, 02:15 PM   #3
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Insert your User ID number into the relevant /etc/fstab line in the options section

For example:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat uid=501,auto,umask=000 0 0

To get your uid number

Open a shell : type

id username

(sustitute username with your one)

Last edited by Skyline; 08-16-2003 at 02:18 PM.
Old 01-18-2007, 01:11 PM   #4
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Thanks, Skyline, I was having the same problem with Win2k/Debian. Problem solved.


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