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Old 03-23-2004, 11:53 PM   #1
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2nd Hard Drive

I just installed Mandrake Linux on a 20 gig hard drive. I also have a 6 gig hard drive that's blank. I partitioned the 6gig with DiskDrake and setup a mount point. It is formatted and mounted. But I can't write to it. Does anyone know how I can enable that second hard drive to be writable? It is only going to used for extra storage. Any help would be great.
Old 03-24-2004, 12:14 AM   #2
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It depends on how it's formatted. If you have FAT32 partitions you have to change your fstab entries to get read/write access as an ordinary user. If it's a linux formatted partition, mount the partition, open a console, su to root and run:

# chmod 1777 <mount point>

Note, the partition must be mounted when you run the above or it won't work.
Old 03-24-2004, 01:27 PM   #3
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Open your /etc/fstab and remove the option 'ro' from that partition.
Depending on the type of partition, change the options. You need to mount it 'rw'.
If its ext3 partition, you can use 'defaults'.
If fat32, use 'users,exec,dev,suid' or whatever is convenient.
Also read 'man mount' for better details on the mounting process.
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Hey thanks, I'm able to write to my extra hard drive now


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