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Old 09-02-2005, 04:35 PM   #1
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External USB hard disk wont allow user to write, vfat FS

Ok, I have an external USB disk, just a regular drive in an enclosure that uses USB to connect to the PC. No matter what mount option or fstab variations I try I cannot get user level write access, I was at one point able to get root write access, but that doenst much help.

It isn't any sort of weird or outrageous format, just plain old vfat. I am using Fedora Core 3, any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

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Old 09-02-2005, 05:16 PM   #2
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It looks like it migt be a bad setting in /etc/fstab. Can you post the contents of that file?
Old 09-02-2005, 05:43 PM   #3
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See below for the FSTAB contents. That doenst get me user write access, neither does just defaults, just umask=0 or 000, any of those plus user,users, or anything els that I could think of or dig up on the internet...

# This file is edited by fstab-sync - see 'man fstab-sync' for details
LABEL=/1                /                       ext3    defaults        1 1
LABEL=/boot1            /boot                   ext3    defaults        1 2
none                    /dev/pts                devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
none                    /dev/shm                tmpfs   defaults        0 0
LABEL=/home1            /home                   ext3    defaults        1 2
none                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0
none                    /sys                    sysfs   defaults        0 0
LABEL=/var1             /var                    ext3    defaults        1 2
LABEL=SWAP-hda6         swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
/dev/hda1               /mnt/winh               ntfs    users,umask=0002,gid=users 0 0
/dev/hdc                /media/cdrecorder       auto    pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0
/dev/sde1               /media/WD_USB_2        vfat    pamconsole,exec,noauto,iocharset=utf8,managed 0 0

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Last edited by scm86; 09-02-2005 at 05:44 PM.
Old 09-06-2005, 01:05 AM   #4
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add user and rw option.
so it would like,

/dev/sde1 /media/WD_USB_2 vfat pamconsole,exec,noauto,iocharset=utf8,managed,rw,user 0 0


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