Changing FAT32 drive permission

  • mrufino1
Posted: Mon, 12/08/2008 - 06:36
I set up my FAT32 drives in the partitioning screen to mount at /windows , I think maybe that was the wrong move now. I have my system dual booted with xp (hopefully not for long!!), so right now aside from the 64studio partition and home partition my drives are FAT32 (xp is ntfs but I am not concerned for that at the moment). These are the drives I record to, which still need to be accessed from windows. They are read only right now, owned by root. How can I change this? Is it best to just reinstall again and leave them alone in the partitioner? Or is there a way to modify the permissions so I can use them? My fstab looks like this, and I think there is supposed to be more, so this could be my problem? # /etc/fstab: static file system information. # # proc /proc proc defaults 0 0 /dev/sda3 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1 /dev/sda7 /home ext3 defaults 0 2 /dev/sdb5 /windows/active vfat defaults 0 0 /dev/sda5 /windows/storage vfat defaults 0 0 /dev/sda6 none swap sw 0 0 /dev/hda /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto 0 0 active and storgae are the labels of the recording drives in windows, so I made directories with that name in linux. Thanks.

Change ownership

  • Pablo
  • 07/11/07
  • Mon, 12/08/2008 - 15:00
You can change the ownership of a directory by the chown command. man chown For example, as superuser, do something like: chown -R username:username /windows/storage Then, you can change the permissions, if still needed, by right clicking on the drive unit at the Desktop, or else by using chmod command. Cheers Pablo

Hi, Thanks but that did not

  • mrufino1
  • 12/08/08
  • Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:09
Hi, Thanks but that did not work. I think the issue is that the drive is FAT32 and so I can't set permissions to files in a FAT32 system. I think I need to add or edit something in fstab, but I am not sure exactly what to add yet. I have seen several posts about this kind of thing but nothing I can directly relate yet. My fstab file is posted above, can anyone figure it out based on that? My best bet, since there is nothing aside from defaults and an nvidia driver installed, may be to reinstall 64studio form scratch and not do anything with the fat32 drives in the partitioner? If my thinking is correct, they would show up as removeable storage? I may try some things first before reformatting, but any help is appreciated.

reply to my own post- problem solved!!!

  • mrufino1
  • 12/08/08
  • Mon, 12/08/2008 - 19:19 /dev/hda2 /mnt/winc vfat rw,exec,uid=1000,gid=1000,auto 0 0 That did it (with my info of course) I am excited! 64studio is running well so far!