USB hard drive read only access..

Roby electricalsciences at
Tue Aug 14 00:24:25 UTC 2007

WipeOut wrote:

> Hi,
> I have just got a 500GB USB hard drive to do my backups to.. I was able
> to partition and format the drive (ext3)..
> When re-plugging it in it auto mounted to /media/disk but it appears to
> be read only.. I am unable to copy files to it or create directories on
> it..
> I have used USB flash drives in the past and have not had this problem...
> Anyone know why the drive is read only and how to fix it?
> Thanks..
mount it and then try 
# ls -l /media/disk

I'll bet you find it's owned by root and user privs are read only.  That
happened when you set it up (as root).  You can either leave it like that
and do your backups as root or use chown and chmod (as root) to set new
privileges that serve your needs.

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