[sf-lug] Drive Access issues

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Jun 29 12:04:47 PDT 2007

Quoting Blake Haggerty (Blake.Haggerty at Sapphire.com):

> I would love to be able to bring this up at Sundays Meeting but I will
> be out of town this weekend. (I also am rarely up by 11 on Sundays)
> That being said I recently switched to Ubuntu and I am really enjoying
> much more than my previous SUSE installation. One issue I am having
> though is I installed one of my other Hard drives that was an old
> windows drive. I can access the drive and look around in it I can even
> open the files on the drive but I cannot delete from it or copy
> anything to it. I have tried logging in as ROOT and still it will not
> let me do it. It always says permission denied. 

It seems the Windows filesystem(s) is(/are) mounted read-only.

There's undoubtedly a clicky-mousey way in GNOME to remount filesystems
read/write, but GNOME is not my cuppa, so someone else will have to
tell you how.  At the command line:

$ mount  #lists what's mounted, where, and how (e.g., "ro" for read-only)
$ sudo mount -o rw,remount [something]  #Remounts r/w, where "[something]" is 
                                        #either a mountpoint dir or a device spec.


Very vaguely speaking, in the GNOME desktop-thingie app (Nautilus, or
whatever it is, these days), you might just right-click on the desktop
icon for the mounted Windows filesystem, and see if it has something
about read-only versus read/write, or about remounting.

Looking prospectively, there may also be a Nautilus Preferences setting
(or whatever) where you can adjust what will be mounted r/w versus ro in
the future.

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