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I have an EEE PC netbook set up to record and transfer files from a USB stick. The USB device was initially formatted with ReiserFS. Under Reiser, I was able ...
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- 08-19-2009 #1
Cannot write to NTFS USB device!
I have an EEE PC netbook set up to record and transfer files from a USB stick. The USB device was initially formatted with ReiserFS. Under Reiser, I was able to easily add a line to my /etc/fstab so the USB device would be mounted at boot as writable by a regular user. Easy as pie. It worked perfectly.
For reasons I won't go into, it was decided that the USB device should be formatted with NTFS so that it can be transported physically to a Windows machine where the files can be transferred directly if needed.
I know the device can be written to. If I mount the USB device "by hand" and change its permissions and ownership, I can read and write with it all day long.
I have tried a zillion different fstab configurations I've found on the net and none will allow me to do what I used to could do when the device was formatted with Reiser. I need to do this:
1. Have the device mounted during boot so a regular user can read and write to it.
Here is my present /etc/fstab that also doesn't allow read - write access to the external USB device formatted with NTFS...
# <file system> <dir> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> /dev/sda1 / reiserfs relatime 0 0 /dev/sr0 /cdrom iso9660 ro,user,noauto,unhide 0 0 /dev/sr0 /dvd udf ro,user,noauto,unhide 0 0 /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1 ntfs-3g defaults,user,rw 1 0 devpts /dev/pts devpts defaults 0 0 none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0 none /proc proc defaults 0 0 tmp /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0 #shm /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0 usb /proc/bus/usb usbfs defaults 0 0 # End of file
- 08-20-2009 #2
- 08-20-2009 #3
I don't know if this applies to Crux Dan, so bear with my ignorance.
On my Icewm I run ROX File Manager and PCManFM. To be able to mount USB drives from file managers, (either one of them) and like I said, bear with me.
I uninstalled ivman and installed halevt module/deamon through terminal. To be on the safe side I edited Icewm and Fluxbox startup file and includedhalevt &
It works slicker than snot mounting drives through my file managers.
halevt, HAL events handler homepage
I realize this post doesn't have much to do with auto write privilidges(though I can transfer files just fine), but I thought I would throw it out there in case you wanted to know about it. I was also wondering why they wanted a ntfs file system when fat 32 would do just fine for a usb drive.
- 08-21-2009 #4
- 08-21-2009 #5
From what I've been able to determine, the regular mount command is not able to mount ntfs partitions or devices formatted with it in read-write. If ntfs-3g is installed, you can mount the drives as read-write with that instead. That has been my experience anyway. Does that help?
- 08-21-2009 #6
Thanks Dan, that helps.
But I had success with just 'ntfs' entry in my /etc/fstab, long time back. If I remember correctly I even had edited boot.ini from windows so as to load linux from windows bootloader. Both (the editing and consequent booting from windows loader) had worked.
Anyway I don't have windows in my home computer/laptop anymore (I'm 100% on linux at home ). Will try in office later.