Re: Which format should I use to format external disk?

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On Sat, 2007-12-15 at 22:32 +0000, Paul Smith wrote:
> On Dec 15, 2007 10:31 PM, Paul Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
> > > >>>>> I have bought an external hard disk basically for backups. Which
> > > >>>>> format should I use to format it?
> > > >>>>>
> > > >>>>>
> > > >>>> Mine came already formatted as NTFS, but I decided that since I was
> > > >>>> backing up a linux system, I'd just feel better if I used ext3,
> > > >>>> so I reformatted it to that for no particular technical reason :-).
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> Note that you can get to NTFS from linux by installing ntfs-3g
> > > >>>> and ext2/3 from windows by installing Ext2IFS (http://www.fs-driver.org/),
> > > >>>> so either filesystem can work for windows or for linux.
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>>
> > > >>> Thanks to both. I have formatted the external disk with ext3, and it
> > > >>> mounts well. However, when I try to copy something in it, I do not
> > > >>> have permission for that. How can I overcome this? Where should I
> > > >>> change the permissions?
> > > >>>
> > > >>>
> > > >>     If your backing up the whole of your Linux you need root because
> > > >> many files are owned by root. So use a root terminal and you will not
> > > >> have any mor problems.
> > > >>
> > > >
> > > > But I am trying to copy a file not owned by root. Therefore, it should
> > > > be possible to copy as normal user.
> > > >
> > > > Paul
> > > >
> > > >
> > >     Tell me more what your seeing. If you use in a terminal the call:
> > >
> > > $ cp file /media/xyz
> > >
> > > what does the error message say?
> >
> > $ cp -v tent.pdf /media/disk/
> > `tent.pdf' -> `/media/disk/tent.pdf'
> > cp: cannot create regular file `/media/disk/tent.pdf': Permission denied
> > $
> 
> Furthermore:
> $ dir -l tent.pdf
> -rw-r----- 1 psmith psmith 95075 2006-12-31 21:25 tent.pdf
> $ke 
This is the first time I have seen someone use dir rather than ls in a
*nix environment. This is not a criticism just a indication of surprise.

Anyway , it is clear that the permissions will not allow the file to be
written by anyone but psmith. So as psmith your copy would work. I
suspect the permissions of /media/disk are too restrictive also.
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Aaron Konstam telephone: (210) 656-0355 e-mail: [email protected]


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