Read-only access on mp3 player, how to fix?

Senectus . senectus at
Mon Nov 21 07:35:17 UTC 2005

On 11/21/05, Anthony Dean <adean75 at> wrote:
> Hello.
> I'm having trouble getting a Sandisk Sansa mp3 player (the e240 model)
> to work with Ubuntu (Breezy). At first, it let me copy files to and from
> it (upon plugging it in via the USB port... it's supposed to work as a
> removable USB drive), but then it suddenly wouldn't let me delete or
> copy files to or from the player, giving me "read only disk" error
> messages. I've tried searching via Google, asking in the #ubuntu IRC
> room, *and* following the Ubuntu Guide's manually and automatically
> loading Windows partitions (changing /etc/fstab/, etc.), but to no
> avail.
> Specs:
> The player's vfat formatted.
> The device is named /dev/sda1, consisting of a single partition
> under /dev/sda1
> Typing "mount" reveals:
> /dev/hda3 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
> proc on /proc type proc (rw)
> sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
> devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
> tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
> usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)
> tmpfs on /lib/modules/2.6.12-9-386/volatile type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
> /dev/hda1 on /boot type ext3 (rw)
> /dev/hda2 on /home type ext3 (rw)
> tmpfs on /dev type tmpfs (rw,size=10M,mode=0755)
> none on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw)
> /dev/sda1 on /media/sandisk type vfat
> (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,uid=1000,user=<myusername>)
> (I named my mount folder "media/sandisk", instead of the Ubuntu Guide's
> suggested "/media/windows"...)
> So, any suggestions? If it doesn't work, I guess I'm stuck taking it
> back to the store (and writing off having an mp3 player I guess, which I
> really don't want to do). Any help is appreciated... thanks!

Any chance you've got the "hold" or "Lock" button switched on? :-)

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