USB memory sticks get mounted as read only

Caleb Marcus caleb.marcus at
Wed Nov 28 14:41:11 UTC 2007

On Nov 28, 2007 7:14 AM, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at> wrote:

> Some USB memory sticks get mounted as read only. Why? How to fix this:
> 1) So it won't happen again?
> 2) So that I can write to disks that get mounted this way?
> Unfortunately, I do not have a test case at the moment. But when I do,
> it is usually urgent that I mount the drive and do what I need.
> Therefore, first steps in troubleshooting, and possible solutions,
> would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.
> Dotan Cohen
> א-ב-ג-ד-ה-ו-ז-ח-ט-י-ך-כ-ל-ם-מ-ן-נ-ס-ע-ף-פ-ץ-צ-ק-ר-ש-ת
> A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
> Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?<>

Are the disks ntfs-formatted? If so, try installing NTFS Configuration
Manager  (package ntfs-config) and running it, enabling NTFS for external
devices. I know that Gutsy is supposed to mount NTFS partitions as r/w, but
I don't know if it works the same way for external drives.
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