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Old 12-01-2005, 04:20 AM   #1
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USB External HDD Read Only!!! Mandriva 2005 LE

I am using Mandriva 2005 LE, on a Toshiba Satellite A10 (Celeron 2.4, 512MB)

I have an external 60Gb USB harddrive which I have no problem to read or write in Windows. In Mandriva, however, I cannot write or delete files in it. I tryed to google out the answer with no success! I have found a very similar thread but without a solution to the problem:

I used windows to format this memory the first time after I bought it. Does anyone know what's going on here???

Thanks for the help!
Old 12-01-2005, 04:38 AM   #2
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It depends what file system windows formatted it as, FAT32 is readable/writeable by Unix type systems, however mounting it requires the umask=<the permissions you want> option as it can't handle inerent Unix permissions.

If it's NTFS then support for it is a bit shakey and at the present time it's not reccomended to write to (there are programs that can i hear)

What command do you use to mount/post the line of your /etc/fstab
Old 12-01-2005, 04:47 AM   #3
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I don't use any commands... It does it all by itself. I plug the HDD in the usb, the computer recognizes it and it shows me an icon where I can access it. I can read all files but not write or delete. I don't remember if I formatted FAT32 or not ! Is there any way of checking this out?
Here is my fstab:

# This file is edited by fstab-sync - see 'man fstab-sync' for details
/dev/hda5 / ext3 noatime 1 1
/dev/hda7 /home ext3 noatime 1 2
/dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom iso9660 user,iocharset=utf8,noauto,ro,exec 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows ntfs umask=0022,nls=utf8,ro 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda6 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sda1 /mnt/removable ntfs pamconsole,exec,noauto,utf8,iocharset=utf8,rw 0 0

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Old 12-01-2005, 05:05 AM   #4
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If this is the device in question:
/dev/sda1 /mnt/removable ntfs pamconsole,exec,noauto,utf8,iocharset=utf8,rw 0 0
Then the drive is formatted with the NTFS filesystem.
Old 12-01-2005, 05:13 AM   #5
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Hummm... I see... So things don't look too good! Thanks for helping!

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