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I mounted my USB hard drive using the instructions here and, well:

$ sudo mount -t ntfs -o umask=000 -rw /dev/sda1 "/media/MyBook/"
$ ls -l /media
total 12
(a couple irrelevent directories here)
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4096 Apr 28 11:11 MyBook
$ touch /media/MyBook/test
touch: cannot touch `/media/MyBook/test': Permission denied
$ sudo touch /media/MyBook/test
touch: cannot touch `/media/MyBook/test': Permission denied

So despite rwx permissions for everyone, no one, not even root, can create files on the drive. The permissions are the same on the /media folder & all of /media/MyBook's subfolders. I've chkdsk /F'd the drive in Windows; it works fine on there and on Ubuntu. I've also tried chmod 777ing and chowning the folders I need to write to; nothing works. What's going on?

Output of mount (no arguments):

/dev/root on / type ext4 (rw,noatime,data=ordered)
devtmpfs on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,relatime,size=216132k,nr_inodes=54033,mode=755)
tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,noexec,relatime,size=44880k,mode=755)
tmpfs on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,size=5120k)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime)
tmpfs on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,size=89740k)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,nosuid,noexec,relatime,gid=5,mode=620)
/dev/mmcblk0p1 on /boot type vfat (rw,relatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=cp437,iocharset=ascii,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/sda1 on /media/MyBook type ntfs (rw,relatime,uid=0,gid=0,umask=00,nls=utf8,errors=continue,mft_zone_multiplier=1)

Update: The Pi's primary filesystem is an SD card, and I just noticed the card's switch is in the 'lock' position. I can't confirm that was the cause until I finish chkdsking the drive (AGAIN) but it sounds likely...I guess? Finally took care of wasn't the problem. Any ideas?

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did you check the logs to check if the mount is effectively rw, and not ro? – stijn May 21 '13 at 13:03
@stijn I checked /var/log/syslog but all i saw was this (with a timestamp): raspberrypi kernel: [256240.537351] NTFS volume version 3.1. – Zelda64fan May 21 '13 at 13:43
can you post the output of mount then? Invoked witout arguments it just displays what's mounted and how.. – stijn May 21 '13 at 13:44
@stijn I added it. – Zelda64fan May 21 '13 at 13:48
seems fine - but I just noticed that umask.. I cannot test this atm, but I'm pretty sure you need to add somthing like uid=pi,gid=pi,umask=0222 to the mount line – stijn May 21 '13 at 13:55


sudo mount -t ntfs -o umask=0022,uid=adam,gid=pi,rw /dev/sda1 /media/MyBook

(note the umask!)

or better, since you'r using an rpi which has the udisks command just use that so you do not have to manually run the mount command:

udisks --mount /dev/sda1

this normally picks the correct options automatically

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Still getting 'permission denied'...Also, I really need it mounted so ANYONE can write to it; I'm (trying) to use it with Apache and the Transmission daemon. – Zelda64fan May 21 '13 at 15:05
and the same command with umask=0000? – stijn May 21 '13 at 15:22
It shows rwx permission for everyone, which is what I want, but it still says "permission denied" when I try to create a file. – Zelda64fan May 21 '13 at 15:27

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