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#1 2010-09-06 17:48:29

briff
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External Hard Drive became read-only [SOLVED]

I have a seagate external hard drive formated to ntfs. I have been using it successfully with arch until recently. Now when I try to add files to it it refuses. I tried changing the permission back with

sudo chmod ugo+rwx -R /media/FreeAgent\ Drive

But, it returned a "Read-Only file system" error for every file. I'm not sure what caused this, any suggestions? Thanks in advance for the help.

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#2 2010-09-06 17:49:40

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Re: External Hard Drive became read-only [SOLVED]

First question: is it mounted as ntfs or ntfs-3g?


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#3 2010-09-06 17:55:11

briff
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Re: External Hard Drive became read-only [SOLVED]

gparted shows the filesystem as "ntfs"

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#4 2010-09-06 18:08:33

skunktrader
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Re: External Hard Drive became read-only [SOLVED]

Did you shutdown the drive cleanly the last time you used it?  It may need a fsck / chkdsk

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#5 2010-09-06 18:18:21

briff
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Re: External Hard Drive became read-only [SOLVED]

I tried running

sudo fsck /dev/sdb1

and got the following error:

fsck from util-linux-ng 2.18
fsck: fsck.ntfs: not found
fsck: Error 2 while executing fsck.ntfs for /dev/sdb1

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#6 2010-09-06 18:28:40

skunktrader
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Re: External Hard Drive became read-only [SOLVED]

Did you try the troubleshooting on this page?
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NTFS-3G

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#7 2010-09-06 18:44:03

briff
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Re: External Hard Drive became read-only [SOLVED]

I followed the advice on the page and installed ntfsprogs and ran ntfsfix on the partition. It works now! thanks for the help.

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