Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 09-18-2005, 12:29 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Sep 2005
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Writing to a USB hard drive in Ubuntu

I have a USB hard drive box running in hoary Ubuntu. The OS detects it fine on start up and I am able to read data just fine.
Writing is another story. I am given the error message that it is a read-only disk if I try to change permissions on it.
Its filesystem is NTFS (I was using windows up until a couple of weeks ago). I really hope that's not the problem, because I don't know what I'd do with all my data on that drive if i need to reformat it.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Old 09-18-2005, 12:47 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Wellington, NZ
Distribution: mainly slackware
Posts: 1,289

Rep: Reputation: 52
ntfs writing is not fully supported under linux, you may write changes to a file (so long as the file size remains the same) but you can't move, delete or make new files
fat32 is the best filesystem to use for swapping files between linux and windows. ext2 can also be read from and written to under windows.
Old 09-18-2005, 03:17 PM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: May 2005
Distribution: Ubuntu with IceWM
Posts: 1,776

Rep: Reputation: 86
Just to tag on--FAT32 has great read and write capability in Linux, even though NTFS is read-only.
Old 09-18-2005, 03:18 PM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: May 2005
Distribution: Ubuntu with IceWM
Posts: 1,776

Rep: Reputation: 86
Delete this post.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing grub to external USB hard drive for later use as internal hard drive dhave Linux From Scratch 2 12-10-2005 08:48 AM
USB Hard drive in Ubuntu NeoChaosX Linux - Hardware 1 06-26-2005 11:37 AM
Writing to Hard Drive issue? Tekerz Linux - Hardware 0 06-23-2005 02:47 PM
Problem Writing to A Hard Drive Farquar210 Red Hat 5 06-23-2004 01:35 PM
Freeze while writing to hard drive Kristoffer Slackware 2 03-23-2003 01:59 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:23 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration