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Unable to write to my ntfs external harddisk iomega 
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Post Unable to write to my ntfs external harddisk iomega
When i try to create a directory on my iomega 1000 GB external harddisk a get this message: Can't create a directory. Check your permissions. I can read and copy files from the disk. Output from ntfs-3g -- help: ntfs-3g 1.417 - Third Generation NTFS Driver

Output from less /etc/lsb-release: DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=6.06
DISTRIB_CODENAME=dapper
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 6.06.2 LTS"


And my fstab:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# -- This file has been automaticly generated by ntfs-config --
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda1 /media/windows ntfs-3g defaults,locale=nb_NO.UTF-8 0 0
/dev/hdb6 / xfs nouser,defaults,atime,auto,rw,dev,exec,suid 0 1
/dev/hdb5 /boot ext3 nouser,defaults,atime,auto,rw,dev,exec,suid 0 2
/dev/hdb1 /fellesdisk vfat defaults,utf8,umask=007,uid=0,gid=46,auto,rw,nouser 0 1
/dev/hdb7 /home xfs nouser,defaults,atime,auto,rw,dev,exec,suid 0 2
/dev/hdb8 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/hdd /media/cdrom auto user,atime,auto,rw,dev,exec,suid 0 0
/dev/hdc /media/dvd auto user,atime,auto,rw,dev,exec,suid 0 0
/dev/sr0 /media/dvdrw auto user,atime,auto,rw,dev,exec,suid 0 0
/dev/sda1 /media/usbdisk ntfs-3g defaults,locale=nb_NO.UTF8 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy vfat uid=0,gid=0,auto,rw,user 0 0

I also made the command:
john@john-linux:~$ ls -l /dev/sda1 /media/usbdisk $(which ntfs-3g)
with the result:

brw-rw---- 1 root plugdev 8, 1 2009-03-02 07:32 /dev/sda1
-rwsr-x--- 1 root fuse 43132 2007-04-17 15:17 /usr/bin/ntfs-3g

/media/usbdisk:
totalt 28453572
drwxrwxrwx 1 john john 0 2008-11-02 10:38 Backup
drwxrwxrwx 1 john john 4096 2009-03-01 23:01 Backup-2008
drwxrwxrwx 1 john john 49152 2009-03-01 22:56 keep-backup
drwxrwxrwx 1 john john 4096 2008-11-02 10:01 Lokal disk (C)
-rwxrwxrwx 1 john john 29136386560 2008-11-01 16:26 MyBackup.tib
drwxrwxrwx 1 john john 8192 2008-11-02 11:57 Pictures
drwxrwxrwx 1 john john 0 2008-11-01 15:16 RECYCLER
drwxrwxrwx 1 john john 4096 2008-11-08 09:09 System Volume Information
john@john-linux:~$ id
uid=1000(john) gid=1000(john) groups=4(adm),20(dialout),24(cdrom),25(floppy),29(audio),30(dip),44(video),46(plugdev),106(lpadmin),110(scanner),111(admin),112(fuse),1000(john),1001(ntfs)


I am a Linux newbie. Can anyone help me with how to set permissions on my external harddisk. Some problems with the group permission?
John


Mon Mar 02, 2009 18:28
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Post Re: Unable to write to my ntfs external harddisk iomega
Your NTFS-3G is two years! You must upgrade: http://ntfs-3g.org/releases.html


Mon Mar 02, 2009 18:31
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Post Re: Unable to write to my ntfs external harddisk iomega
Hallo,

I updated ntfs-3g to the version of 2009-02-12. But I still had the same permission problems with my external harddisk. Anyhow I learned to compile ntfs-3g from the source version. On the way to being a linux expert. Joking.

I found this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=217009 " Permissions issues with external hard drive" ,and I was helped by the procedure described there. I think my problem came from my dual booting Ubuntu/Windows XP. Maybe Windows-XP changed the permissions to read only. But it was strange that in Ubuntu when I right clicked properties and permissions Ubuntu showed that I had access write and read.

Anyway, now my problem is solved. I can write to my external drive.
Thanks


Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:29
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