Full access to a Seagate FreeAgent Pro USB drive

Asked by Romovil

I have connected this Seagateś FreeAgent Pro USB drive to my Ubuntu(Fiesty) machine, but I can not write files to it. All the "Permissions" appear as "Read Only" and the Owner, Group and Others appear as "Unknown".

What can I do in order to be able to Read-Write files to this device?

Thank you,

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Jo-Erlend Schinstad (joerlend.schinstad) said :

What filesystem does it use, NTFS or Fat32?

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Romovil (romovil) said :

It uses NTFS.

Thank you.

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Best Sean Sosik-Hamor (sciri) said :

Take a look at http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Feisty and scroll down to " How to mount Windows partitions (NTFS) on boot-up, and allow users read and write access". That basic Howto links to a thread at: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=217009

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Romovil (romovil) said :

Thank you so much! - the "ntfs-config" utility reference in that article solve this problem for me.

As a reference
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* After installing this utility I was still having the same problem (read-only access to the FreeAgent drive) and it seemed that the utility wasn;t doing its job. I even restarted my Ubuntu machine and that didn;t help either.

* I had given up on this task, when I decided to connect this USB drive back to my Windows XP machine, but I recalled that I've seen a note about a system flag that signaled wheter the drive had been previously unmounted properly (from the Windows platform that is) and that this could cause some erratic behavior in Linux.

* So I made sure that I unplugged the FreeAgent drive ("Safely Remove Hardware") from the Windows machine before connecting again in the Linux machine.

After doing that, it was like magic: I can now read/write/delete files from this FreeAgent USB drive using my Ubuntu (Fiesty) linux machine.

Again, thank you for your support!