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Old 9th September 2012, 12:36 AM
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How to mount an external USB HD as writeable by default?

How can I set FC 17 to mount external USB hard drives as writeable by default?

In FC 17 Xfce spin, I have no trouble getting USB flash drives to mount as writeable. However, when I plug my Sabrent SATA HD-to-USB into a USB port, it mounts the hard drive as a read-only filesystem.
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Old 9th September 2012, 12:43 PM
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Re: How to mount an external USB HD as writeable by default?

What kind of file systems do you use?
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Old 10th September 2012, 01:48 AM
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Re: How to mount an external USB HD as writeable by default?

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What kind of file systems do you use?
I use ext4 on the external hard drive. (FC 12 will mount it as writeable by default). I used ext4 for my on-board hard drives except that /boot is ext3.
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Old 10th September 2012, 04:25 AM
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Re: How to mount an external USB HD as writeable by default?

Howdy,

a. Read the fstab man page.
b. Look at /etc/fstab and create a similar entry as for the internal drives.
c. Read the fstab man page.
d. If you don't want to use an incomprehensible UID, ensure that the drive partition has a volume label and mount it using that.
e. Read the fstab man page.
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Old 10th September 2012, 07:44 AM
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Re: How to mount an external USB HD as writeable by default?

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Howdy,
a. Read the fstab man page.
What I want is for the external SATA-to-USB to be mounted writeable regardless of what particular hard drive is in it since I keep a stack of old hard drives and rotate through them as I do backups. My FC 12 machine auto-mounts the SATA-to-USB adapter as writeable regardless of what hard drive is in it it and I did no special configuration of FC 12 to make this happen. My FC 17 machine auto-mounts the SATA-to-USB adapter as read-only. Which section of the man page for fstab is relevant to this behavior?
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Old 10th September 2012, 07:00 PM
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Re: How to mount an external USB HD as writeable by default?

OK, you can automount multiple drives in the same spot under /media if you give each one of them the exact same volume label and in this case, you should look at /etc/mtab.
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Old 11th September 2012, 02:18 AM
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Re: How to mount an external USB HD as writeable by default?

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OK, you can automount multiple drives in the same spot under /media if you give each one of them the exact same volume label and in this case, you should look at /etc/mtab.
Thank you.

I understand that the method should work, but I don't understand why there isn't a simpler way, given that thumb drives are mounted as writeable by default (unless the little write protect switch is thrown) and given that my FC 12 machine mounts the same external hard drives as writeable.
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Old 11th September 2012, 07:23 AM
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Re: How to mount an external USB HD as writeable by default?

The automounting process is done by your desktop environment, so it is a bit different depending on whether you run one of the Gnomes, XFCE, LXDE or KDE.
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