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Old 02-02-2006, 02:10 PM   #1
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External USB Harddisk: chmod fails

Hi all,

I've bought a 250GB external USB hard drive. It only has one giant Fat32 partition.

I'm using SuSE 9.2 and created a directory called /usbhdd. I've chmodded it 777 (as root).

After that, I've added the following line to fstab:

/dev/sda1/ /usbhdd /vfat noauto,user,rw,exec,sync 0 0

and I've rebooted. I expected that I had to mount the drive since I've added 'noauto' in fstab.
In fact, the drive already was mounted but /usbhdd is now set to rwxr-xr-x. When I try to chmod 777 /usbhdd or one of the folders on it, nothing happens. There is no error message but the chmod is not processed.

I've been Googling for 3 days now and found a lot on mounting the drive. From what I've read, this seems to be the right way. Unfortunately I can't find anything on this specific problem.

I really hope you can help me out!


Old 02-02-2006, 04:11 PM   #2
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look in>Linux Answers>Hardware for Externel USB or firewire drives article(tutorial) that may help orient you better. I am sure suse 9.x forums have similar guide. Are you member of plugdev and usb group? Are you able to read data or write to drive under suse as user or root? Hope questions and tutorial help. Good luck.
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It appears as though this problem was never solved. 4 years later, I'm experiencing what appears to be the same problem in Ubuntu:


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