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    Default Cannot Copy Files to Drive/Partition

    I'm currently dual-booting Windows 8.1 and openSUSE 12.3. I am preparing to upgrade to openSUSE 13.1 and make it my only OS. I ran into a bit of an issue that has me stumped. Here is the setup I started from:

    Drive 1:
    Partition 1: Windows
    Partitions 2-4: /, /home, swap (ext4 for / and /home)

    Drive 2:
    Windows data, formatted NTFS, mounted in /home

    External Drive (USB):
    Backups, formatted NTFS, mounted in /home

    I moved my backups onto an old external I had and then went to work on the current one. In Windows I used diskpart to wipe my external drive. I then booted into openSUSE (after removing the entry for the drive in /etc/fstab) and used YaST partitioner to format the drive ext4. Using Dolphin file manager I can copy and paste data from Drive 2 into my /home directory. But when I copy files from Drive 2 and want to move them to the external drive, the paste option is grayed out. Linux detects the drive because it shows up in Dolphin and I can browse to it.

    Any ideas why I cannot copy files to that external? Need any more info from me? It's probably something simple I just haven't thought of. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Default Re: Cannot Copy Files to Drive/Partition

    Just realized that I hadn't mounted the drive after partitioning it. Whoops!

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    Default Re: Cannot Copy Files to Drive/Partition

    On 2013-12-04 19:26, foobunny wrote:
    > External Drive (USB):
    > Backups, formatted NTFS, mounted in /home


    Nonononono. Don't do that. Mount it somewhere else, not /home. You can
    not run Linux with a home formatted as NTFS.

    Unless you are mounting it somewhere like "/home/someuser/backups" or
    anything similar. When talking about computers you have to be precise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2013-12-04 19:26, foobunny wrote:
    > External Drive (USB):
    > Backups, formatted NTFS, mounted in /home


    Nonononono. Don't do that. Mount it somewhere else, not /home. You can
    not run Linux with a home formatted as NTFS.

    Unless you are mounting it somewhere like "/home/someuser/backups" or
    anything similar. When talking about computers you have to be precise.
    Sorry about that. I meant that I had mounted the external drive as /home/myusername/windows/backups and Drive 2 as /home/myusername/windows/data.

    So when I got home I mounted the external drive as /home/myusername/backups using YaST Partitioner. I verified that an entry was created for it in the /etc/fstab file. I rebooted and now see the drive mounted in my /home directory (as /home/myusername/backups) whereas before it did not show up there; however, when I copy files from /home/myusername/windows/data and go to paste them into the /home/myusername/backups directory the paste option is still grayed out. So much for my problem being solved lol.

    Any ideas?

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    Problem solved for real this time. I got to poking around and saw that only root had permissions on /home/myusername/backups. I modified it so I am now the owner of that directory. I have now successfully copied all my data to the external drive. Looks like I'm finally ready to do that upgrade this weekend

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    Default Re: Cannot Copy Files to Drive/Partition

    On 2013-12-05 02:46, foobunny wrote:
    >
    > Problem solved for real this time. I got to poking around and saw that
    > only root had permissions on /home/myusername/backups. I modified it so
    > I am now the owner of that directory. I have now successfully copied all
    > my data to the external drive. Looks like I'm finally ready to do that
    > upgrade this weekend


    Ah. Good.

    Just remember that if that external disk is not present, boot will fail,
    unless you add the option "nofail" to that entry.


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    nofail is in the entry. Thanks for the help

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