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Hi, I am very new to linux and very eager to get this resolved... Right now my fstab has the following two lines /dev/sda1 /mnt/hd vfat iocharset=iso8859-1 0 0 ------ ...
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    FAT32 and NTFS write permissions


    Hi,
    I am very new to linux and very eager to get this resolved...

    Right now my fstab has the following two lines

    /dev/sda1 /mnt/hd vfat iocharset=iso8859-1 0 0 ------ This is data drive ( external harddisk)

    /dev/hda1 /mnt/nt auto iocharset=iso8859-1 0 0 ----- My Windows XP is installed on this partition.


    For some strange reason I can access my external harddisk from linux as a regular user, but to access my XP partition I need to login as Root,

    The second problem is I can only access them as read only. I desperately want to have write access to atleast my external disk. I did some search on this site for similar problems, but none helped me, like

    setting umask=000.

    When I open open Konqueror as root and try to change the permissions on either of mounts, it wont let me, I keep getting messages similar to " could not change permissions on mnt/nt " etc..

    Any ideas how I can resolve this

    Thanks
    Srinivas

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    No, it's not possible to change permissions on NTFS and FAT, since they don't support UNIX permissions. NTFS shouldn't be mounted r/w on linux anyway, wince that's very dangerous.
    However, umask=000 should work. Exactly how did you do?

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    I used something like this.. got it from other posts in this forum

    /dev/sda1 /mnt/hd vfat umask=000

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    Don't forget the last two zeroes. Do you really have SCSI disks?

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    Yes the external harddisk, it is westernal digitial 80 gig Hard disk..

    this is what it says in the Mandrake control center Hardware
    scsi/host1/bus0/target0/lun0/disc

    Srinivas

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    But still, don't forget the last two zeroes is fstab. It should be
    /dev/sda1 /mnt/hd vfat umask=000 0 0
    not just
    /dev/sda1 /mnt/hd vfat umask=000

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