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    removable device permissions

    I am wondering if it is possible to change the permissions on a removable hard drive (usb). They are set to read-only and I would like to be able to write to it also. I have tried using chmod but that gives an error saying it is read-only. I need this to do backups, hence the write permission.

    Any help would be great.



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    Linux Guru sarumont's Avatar
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    Apr 2003
    You need to set the umask as an option in your mount statement. The easiest way to do this is with an entry in your /etc/fstab like:

    /dev/sda1               /mnt/usb        vfat            users,noauto,rw,exec,umask=033          0 0
    Replace /dev/sda1 with the device that the HDD shows up as.
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