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Mar 18th 2012, 09:17 PM
I installed Kubuntu 11.10, but after that my Buffalo extarnal hard drive is read-only. What should I do to change it back to "normal"? I didn't find working method elsewhere... Thank you!
Mar 18th 2012, 09:25 PM
Need more information. What is the external HD formatted as? Do you have it connected 'all the time'?
Mar 18th 2012, 09:28 PM
I checked it and it was FAT32. And it has been connected all the time after the installation. Not during...
Mar 18th 2012, 10:06 PM
Easy enough fix then.
With the external drive connected (obviously ;D ), access it via Dolphin and then open a console (alt+F4). You will be in the 'root' directory of the mounted HD. Type:
sudo chown -R user:user *
where user is your login user account name. Here, it's paul, so:
sudo chown -R paul:paul *
This will change the user and group ownership on all directories/files on the external HD to your user. Exit the console and in Dolphin, click on your Home folder. Then right-click on the mounted external HD and select Unmount. Then remove the external HD. Wait a second or two and plug it back in. Access it via Dolphin and you *should* now have full read/write access to it.
Mar 19th 2012, 06:57 PM
It's working now. :D Thank you a lot!
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