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    Formatting a USB Hard Drive with ext3

    Hey guys, so i just got a new 250gb USB hard drive and im attempting to format it in ext3 using gparted, but everytime it completes the format and i try copying something into the drive it tells me "Error opening file '/media/disk-1/Video.ogv': Permission denied" for example.

    Is there something im forgetting to do during the format? Do i have to set permissions before i format it? When i formatted it with FAT32 it worked fine but id prefer not to use this because of all the drawbacks its known for.

    Thanks in advance for any help

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    Re: Formatting a USB Hard Drive with ext3

    You need to change the ownership of the mount point for that drive, /media/disk-1, from root to your login name. Then, you can write to it anytime you want. Assuming your login name is wolf, you would run something like these in a terminal.

    Code:
    sudo chown -R wolf:wolf /media/disk-1
    ls -la /media
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    Re: Formatting a USB Hard Drive with ext3

    Thanks, that worked perfectly for me.

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    Re: Formatting a USB Hard Drive with ext3

    Worked excellent!
    Thanks a bunch!

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