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Old 09-01-2010, 09:50 AM   #1
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Portable HDD - Windows and Linux


Here's what I want to do... have a bog standard external, portable HDD attached to my Windows 7 PC - fill it full of media.

Attach said hdd to my Acer Aspire One netbook, running Linpus lite. It recognises the hdd and plays the content.

If it was read only that would be ok, but read-write would be a (very small) bonus.

In the past I had all sorts of issues with this. Both with external hdds and even pen drives. I seem to recall 'only root can mount on xxxx' was the main error.

Can anyone give me any tips here as to what I should do so I can use this hdd with both OSs? - Perhaps I could kick off by getting a 2gb pen drive to work for starters?!

Thanks guys
 
Old 09-01-2010, 10:12 AM   #2
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What is really you're question or problem ?
If it is a USB HD than how good are windows 7 and Linpus lite in hot plugging .
I do not use them both so I have no idea .
If both can work with it just remember to umount it before using it on the other OS.
Only root can mount it apply for a internal device with is not mention in you're Fstab , or mention in that way that a standard user my not use it
 
Old 09-01-2010, 11:17 AM   #3
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You need to install the ntfs-3g package to be able to read/write to Windows disks. As root, run the command:

yum install ntfs-3g

It should be all, but if not then consult the Linpus documentation on nfts-3g. Sorry that I don't have Linpus to check it in more details
 
Old 09-01-2010, 03:14 PM   #4
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Here's the deal... memory stick freshly formatted as NTFS... plug in and I get this error message:

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Failed to mount "UDISK".

mount: only root can mount /dev/sdb1 on media/Portable Seagate
I have the ntfs-3g thing installed already, I've played with this before

So, to prove a point I format said memory stick as Fat32. The same error came up.

I believe this indicates a problem in my fstab or something. I barely know what this is or how to rectify it.

I want to be in a situation where 'owner' rather than 'root' can 'mount' anything pulgged in - random memory sticks, external hdds etc.

Can anyone help me?! Please! Cheers in advance.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 03:56 PM   #5
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With utility do you use to format ?
As stated before I do not use windows but my friend does .
If I format a drive or thumbdrive using the MAC to format it in fat32
Than my satellite tuner who use fat32 to make recordings can read and write on it my linux box can the MAC of course can , but the windows box of friend insist that it is not formatted.
But if use geparted than all the systems are happy .
So again with utility do you use ?
Maybe you're linpus box can not deal with the utility you use to format.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 04:17 PM   #6
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The out of the box Windows 7 formatting utility. I'm convinced I have successfully used a thumbdrive formatted in this way with my netbook before. I'm convinced something I tried to fix about 2 years ago has caused these problems.

Basically I had an external hdd which would not play ball. Somebody on an AcerAspireOne forum helped me edit my fstab (If I recall correctly). I didn't know what I was doing and just blindly trusted him! - This seemed to work, but patchy. tbh I think the physical drive was odd - on the same Linux file system it would occasionally work occasionally not :/ - the same on the PC.
 
Old 09-01-2010, 05:28 PM   #7
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Root normally can mount read/write. Many distros allow a user to plug in and go with read only. Many have a gui option to mount as read write. Further you may have to set your user in linux the privilege to mount read write.
 
Old 09-02-2010, 03:33 PM   #8
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Hi

I found this thread which sorted out a problem for someone trying to use an NTFS USB memory stick, previously he could read but not write to it.
I hope this helps.

http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/lin...-read-fat.html

Martin
 
  


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