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Old 10-11-2005, 02:55 AM   #1
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Mounting a fat drive for non-root users

Hello. I have never had this problem before but I cannot get my harddrive (fat32 120GB IDE) to mount in a write-able way. I normally just write my own fstab file, since ubuntu does no autoconfiguring on its own.

Here is the entry pertaining to the drive:

/dev/hdd1 /home/user/Core vfat auto,users,exec,rw,nosuid 0 0

Now, the folder where the drive is mount /home/user/Core will not let me chown it and chmod on that folder or anything else in the drive does not work! Chown reports:

"chown: changing ownership of `Core/': Operation not permitte"

And chmod looks like it works, but then nothing changes. No writing abilities appear. Could someone please give me a little help?
Old 10-11-2005, 01:29 PM   #2
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to make my fat32 drive read/write i add this to fstab:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/win vfat users,rw,umask=000 0 0

without the umask "rw" seems to have no effect. looks like you just need to add the umask to the fstab and remount.
Old 05-17-2006, 03:51 AM   #3
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I fixed this problem by using "uid=1000,gid=1000" in my /etc/fstab file for the mount arguments for the fat partitions. My uid is 1000.


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