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    Default Permission trouble with external hard drive

    I have a 500G external hard drive. As of now it has two partitions. The one seems to work fine, I can read and write to it fine. The other one though I can't copy files onto. I get a message saying 'The destination is read only.' It shows up under /media/My Book

    I have logged in as root and have the same problem. I have also tried changing the permissions through nautilus but they never stick.

    This shows up in the output for dmesg which looks like it could be the problem but I am not sure what to do about it

    Code:
    FAT: Filesystem panic (dev sdb1)
        fat_get_cluster: invalid cluster chain (i_pos 0)
        File system has been set read-only
    FAT: Filesystem panic (dev sdb1)
        fat_get_cluster: invalid cluster chain (i_pos 0)
    FAT: Filesystem panic (dev sdb1)
    Dmesg shows more but this looked like the most relevant part. Let me know if you want the rest of the output.

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    Default Re: Permission trouble with external hard drive

    Try unmounting the device and then running this command in a console after you enetr su to become root:

    fsck.vfat -a -v /dev/sdxy
    Where sdxy is the partition designation (like sdb4 or whatever, you can discover it with the root command fdisk -l)
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    Default Re: Permission trouble with external hard drive

    You could go into Yast->Partitioning and set the mount point to /home/username, so that it will mount it to your home/user folder automatically on startup. Then chown -R user /path/to/storage

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    Default Re: Permission trouble with external hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by swerdna View Post
    Try unmounting the device and then running this command in a console after you enetr su to become root:



    Where sdxy is the partition designation (like sdb4 or whatever, you can discover it with the root command fdisk -l)
    Thanks swerdna, this did the trick and I was able to continue copying files to the partition even after a reboot.

    Thanks for the response BNG22908, knowing that is there now will still be useful.

    Thanks again,

    Joe

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