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Old 10-23-2005, 02:23 PM   #1
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Can't read external hard drive

I'd like to know why I cannot read the content of my external hard drive when I'm logged in as a regular user. If I however launch the File Manager in super user mode, it can read everything. So I'm assuming that for whatever reason, it's restricting access to that drive. I'd like to be able to read it from my normal user as there's information on the drive that I would need to have access to very often.

btw, it's in ntfs

Old 10-23-2005, 02:42 PM   #2
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well alrymala,
It would be helpful to know which distribution of linux you are using in case there is an easier way to do this specific to your distro. Don't feel bad. Is the file system currently entered into your /etc/fstab file? If you don't know, how do you normally access file systems? Do they appear as icons on your desktop automatically as they do with knoppix?
Are you sure that your file system is ntfs on an external drive? Microsoft made a big deal about not allowing ntfs on removable drives. Most removable harddrives have fat 32 as opposed to ntfs. If you try to encrypt or compress in windows using default windows tools and can then it is truely ntfs.

As to what you can do to fix this problem. Search this site or for information on setting up your /etc/fstab file. You can also find it in other locations. Usually all it requires is.

device file(usually /dev/sda1 for a usb harddisk) mount point filesystem(using their abreviations) normal 0 0


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