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    Read Only File System

    My internal hard drive is damaged and needs to be replaced. But first i need to put some files on a external hard drive. My problem is that whenever I plug in the hard drive my computer tells me "Error creating directory `/media/computername': Read-only file system". How do I change my file system back to read and write? Please help!

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    Re: Read Only File System

    Quote Originally Posted by rromero143 View Post
    My internal hard drive is damaged and needs to be replaced. But first i need to put some files on a external hard drive. My problem is that whenever I plug in the hard drive my computer tells me "Error creating directory `/media/computername': Read-only file system". How do I change my file system back to read and write? Please help!
    You will have to boot up in a linux livecd to copy the files.
    When the filesystem is damaged, the system mounts the drive as read-only, so Ubuntu cannot create a mount point for the external drive.
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    Re: Read Only File System

    Have you run fsck against the drive yet? Try booting up in safe mode, then running these commands

    Code:
    cd /
    mount -o remount,rw /
    touch /forcefsck
    shutdown -r now
    This will remove the read-only lock on the root filesystem then create a semaphore that tells the system to force a filesystem check at reboot.
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    Re: Read Only File System

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    You will have to boot up in a linux livecd to copy the files.
    When the filesystem is damaged, the system mounts the drive as read-only, so Ubuntu cannot create a mount point for the external drive.
    Thanks i do not have a live cd with me at the moment but i will try this when i do

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    Re: Read Only File System

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    You will have to boot up in a linux livecd to copy the files.
    When the filesystem is damaged, the system mounts the drive as read-only, so Ubuntu cannot create a mount point for the external drive.
    when booted from a livecd how do i find the files on my computer because i don't see it in the home directory

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    Re: Read Only File System

    Never mind I found it

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