I’ve just set up an opensuse 11 install on our workshop computer at work (we fix pc’s). I’ve setup windows xp in a virtualmachine if we need it. The reasoning was I can copy files from customers infected HDD over to ours without worrying about it spreading to our OS (that happened to our XP install, hence the reason I decided to use Opensuse).
Anyway the basic problem is this: We use USB docks and place the HDD’s from customers PC’s into these to backup their data before we reinstall their virus ridden/trashed Windows installations, then we put the data back across afterwards. We do this several times a day.
Currently when I plug in a hard drive with NTFS (which is most peoples) device notifier pops up but dolphin can’t mount it because it needs root access to mount ntfs.
I then have to launch ntfs-3g and tick the ‘writeable’ box on the newly discovered drive. Dolphin can then read and write to it. But after I’m done I can’t unmount it to remove it because dolphin doesn’t have root access! So I have to either run kdesu dolphin or go to the commandline.
Now I can do this fine myself…but the other guys here aren’t linux nerds like myself and they want to be able to plug it in, click the drive and drag files back and forth like they can under XP.
So is there a way with policy kit we can give dolphin/device notifier root access and also make them mount with write access to ntfs?
For clarity this is what I would do with the commandline:
ntfs-3g /dev/sXXX/ /media/“ntfsvolume” -o force
(goto dolphin and copy files etc etc)
Sooooo, if anyone knows how to make this a painless all gui operation it would be great!