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    external hdd for backup

    I have bought today an 160G IDE hard disk. I have chosen disk with IDE interface because I have an old IDE external HDD disk case and I decided using it for backup purposes.

    I inserted the new HDD into the case, connected USB cable to the computer, installed gparted package, formatted the disk as ext3 file system and mounted it.

    The problem is that I can copy files to this external usb disk only under the root account in terminal. I can not use simple copy and paste commands. And all this is not very comfortable.

    Is it right what I did or there are better solutions?

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    Re: external hdd for backup

    For cut and paste you would possibly have more luck with FAT 32, but it has limitations as you are probably aware.
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    Re: external hdd for backup

    I saw in forums people write that the maximum partition size in FAT32 is 128G and maximum file size is 4G. And I wanted using this hdd in linux only.

    May be there are some programs for more comfortable backup? I saw scripts for backup on the internet. May be are there some ideas about permissions?

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    Re: external hdd for backup

    Look here:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mount/USB

    Especially pay attention to the section:

    Using pmount

    There is a program called pmount available in the repositories which allows unprivileged users to mount drives as if they were using sudo, even without an entry in /etc/fstab. This is perfect for computers that have users without RootSudo access, like public terminals or thin clients.
    You can either install pmount from synaptic or:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install pmount
    If this doesn't suit you, you could alternatively try "usbmount" but I've come to prefer "pmount", just don't install both at the same time!

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    Re: external hdd for backup

    Perhaps you need to give yourself ownership and permissions:
    Code:
    sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /media/disk
    sudo chmod -R 755 /media/disk
    Change /media/disk to the correct mount point for your HDD.

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    Re: external hdd for backup

    Thank you, kansasnoob. There are a lot of useful information in the your link about USB devices.

    Thank you, unutbu. I like this idea about change ownership and permissions on the connected device. I thought about leave original permissions. But I think it will be quite difficult.

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    Re: external hdd for backup

    If you're backing up all users files, you need root privileges. I use a script that runs rsync to backup users directories. I use sudo to launch it, and regard that as normal.

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    Re: external hdd for backup

    I'm using an External HD IDE 80 GB that uses NTFS to backup my files from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

    Is there any restrictions using NTFS with Ubuntu 10.04?
    The File System i'm using with Ubuntu is EXT4 with Journal.


    Many thanks.

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    Re: external hdd for backup

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Alien View Post
    I'm using an External HD IDE 80 GB that uses NTFS to backup my files from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

    Is there any restrictions using NTFS with Ubuntu 10.04?
    The File System i'm using with Ubuntu is EXT4 with Journal.


    Many thanks.
    I have backed up to NTFS external for quite a while and haven't had any issues.
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    Re: external hdd for backup

    Ok Ghost_Mazal

    Thank you for the feedback.

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