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Old 10-31-2004, 06:05 AM   #1
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External Hard Drive --No Access as USER only ROOT (10.1)

I've posted a similar thread in the Hardware section as I've had this problem on 2 other distros as well as Mandrake but posting it here just in case someone reads this section who hasn't read the general Hardware board.

I have a Maxtor external USB hard Drive with a Windows partition on it (NTFS) -- it's a 300 GB disk with 1 data partition on it that needs to be accessed for READ accross my LAN. It's a DISKDRIVE not a USB Compact flash / SD or other "Card" type device but a real Disk drive.

Now I can't get any access to this device whatsoever as a USER but ROOT has no problems. However ROOT can't even CHANGE permissions to allow User access.

From the log it's using the SCSI emulation. Device is SDA, Extended partition info is SDA1 and the data partition is SDA5

I did the following

1) create mount point for the USB drive
SU passwd MKDIR /mnt/extusbdisk1

2) mount the file system as RO

mount -t ntfs -o ro /dev/sda5 /mnt/extusbdisk1

OK everything worked and can access all the data files.

However I can't change the permission of /mnt/extusbdisk1 to allow a normal USER to access the disk at all.

If I create the mountpoint first and change the permission the disk is still inaccessible to anybody other than root.

What's up

anybody out there using external USB disk drives


BTW it also makes no difference If i allow access to /dev/sda, /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda5

Still can't access as a USER --folder is always locked un less you are ROOT.

Last edited by 1kyle; 10-31-2004 at 06:23 AM.
Old 10-31-2004, 10:09 AM   #2
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Your reply is here >>> Post #2. It's not a good idea to post the same question in more than one forum


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