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Old 12-20-2008, 11:23 PM   #1
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Unhappy No write permission for External HD: Newbie question


I've version 10.3 installed in it which is most satisfactory for my requierments. I've a NTFS format external harddrive(130 GB Maxtor) which runs on my Win XP perfectly.

However while using that in suse, I'm denied write permission. can anyone help me to solve this problem please.

I'm the sole user of the comp, and work as root.

The files are under /media/disk
Old 12-20-2008, 11:57 PM   #2
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To be able to write to an ntfs partition, you need the ntfs-3g kernel module loaded. That module comes with OpenSuse 10.3. So, make sure it is loaded (lsmod in a terminal to see the loaded modules; modprobe to load it if it isn't currently loaded).

You also need write permission for the ntfs partition. If the user/group of the partition is root/root, you will not be able to write to the partition. You would have to change the user/group to root/user (owner is root; group is user), then make sure that your user name is in the user group. Also make sure that the user group has write permission for the partition.

chgrp user /media/disk # to change the group to user.

groupadd -A <username> <group> # where username is your user name, and group is the group to add the user name into (in this case, the group is user). The command becomes: groupadd -A <username> user.

To add write permission, chmod g+w /media/disk # to give the group members write permission.
I'm the sole user of the comp, and work as root.
Not a good idea. You are setting yourself up for a lot of heartache.

Last edited by bigrigdriver; 12-20-2008 at 11:59 PM.
Old 12-22-2008, 06:52 PM   #3
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Thanks I'm able to do it now.


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