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Old 01-17-2004, 08:21 PM   #1
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Hard drive partitioned and cannot view files

Can someone tell me how I can view the files on my hard drive partitions. I have a 60 gig drive that is partitioned into about 3 20gig sizes. One has my Mandrake9.2 Linux system and the other two are partitioned in the Fat32 format. But when in Linux under my user name I cannot view the files that I know are there. I made an icon for the 2 drives but when they open, the files can not be seen. When I log out and back in under the root name I can open them and see the files there. Can someone tell me how to set permissions or what ever it is I need to do to view, read, and write to those partitions? Thanks ahead of time.
Old 01-17-2004, 08:48 PM   #2
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I should have thought that you'd have to make sure that your username account has "read access" in the permissions - you probably created the partitions with the various rights/permissions for root (that's if you can access the drives/files when logged in as root), but if you didn't make sure that the user has the read permission then you'd get zip!

As I don't really do much with CLI, I can't give you the correct commands, but I think that you'd find that you can log in as root in graphic environment and then select the files (and probably right click on them to bring up the properties, and be able to modify the permissions that way).

Failing that, search LQ for permissions or changing permissions.

This may not be the answer that you're looking for, but it would be one of the first things that I'd check if I where you.

hope it helps.


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Johnny, please post the contents of your /etc/fstab.
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Here is my fstab:

[root@localhost etc]# cat fstab
/dev/hdb2 / ext2 defaults 1 1
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
/dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto user,exec,noauto,codepage=850,iocharset=iso8859-1,ro 0 0
/dev/scd0 /mnt/cdrom2 auto user,exec,noauto,codepage=850,iocharset=iso8859-1,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto user,exec,sync,noauto,codepage=850,iocharset=iso8859-1 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c ntfs iocharset=iso8859-1,ro 0 0
/dev/hdb5 /mnt/win_c2 vfat user,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hdb6 /mnt/win_d vfat user,umask=0 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb3 swap swap defaults 0 0

I hope this helps. I can use all the help I can get. Thanks.

Last edited by Johnny2003; 01-20-2004 at 05:35 PM.
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Maybe you can try:

/dev/hdb5 /mnt/win_c2 vfat defaults,umask=000 0 0
/dev/hdb6 /mnt/win_d vfat defaults,umask=000 0 0

or you may want to add your user id and group id to it so that it can't accessed by somebosy else. I would put:

/dev/hdb5 /mnt/win_c2 vfat defaults,setuid=501,setgid=501,umask=022 0 0
/dev/hdb6 /mnt/win_d vfat defaults,setuid=501,setgid=501,umask=022 0 0

Replace 501 with your user id and group id. Btw there's been a lot of discussion about mounting windows partition in this forum. May be you can do some searching for some more idea.


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