Changing ownership on floppy

Eric Weir eeweir at
Thu Oct 2 20:17:43 BST 2008

I have some old files on floppies that I want to copy to my hard disk. I 
am able to mount the drive only with sudo on the terminal. After it's 
mounted, ownership is root. When I try to change that by sudoing chown, 
I am told "Operation not permitted." I thought sudo gave you root 
privileges. Is there a way around this Catch-22?

At the risk of ticking off people who otherwise might be inclined to 
help, I have to say that this is one of the things that's really 
irritating about Linux, and that is driving me away from it. I have been 
patiently -- well, honestly, sometimes pretty *impatiently* -- trying to 
understand it, assuming that eventually things that used to mystify 
would become intuitive.

I guess some have. Probably many have, given where I started. But over a 
year into this and I can't even use my own frigging floppy drive without 
asking for help? [I checked a couple books I have. I went to for help with the commands. I posted on another forum. 
Two hours have passed. Now I'm trying you guys.] I'm *tired* of this.

If you can forgive the rant, I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Eric Weir
Decatur, GA  USA
eeweir at

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