Owncloud 5.0.9 is installed on my raspberry pi and is working flawlessly. But since my raspberry pi hasn't much space, I wanted to move the data directory on an external drive.

I have a 1,5GB external drive formatted in NTFS mounted on /home/pi/media and the new data directory is /home/pi/media/owncloud/data/

The /etc/fstab/ looks like this:

UUID=xxxxxxxxx   /home/pi/media    ntfs-3g     defaults      0       0

It doesn't work if I set the permissions on the ntfs drive with

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /home/pi/media/owncloud/data

The browser is giving this error if I go to xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/owncloud/:

Data directory (/home/pi/media/owncloud/data) is readable for other users
Please change the permissions to 0770 so that the directory cannot be listed by other users.

How do I set the permissions right? Also MiniDLNA is configured to use this drive, so it should not interrupt each other.

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Got it myself!

By default you are not able to set permissions on NTFS formatted drives, but with NTFS-3G you can. Just enable it on mount.

  1. Add permissions to the options in /etc/fstab/. It should look like this:
UUID=xxxxxxxxx   /home/pi/media    ntfs-3g     defaults,permissions      0       0
  1. Reboot your Raspberry Pi so that the drive get mounted with permissions.
sudo shutdown -r now
  1. Now you are able to set permissions. For owncloud like this:
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /home/pi/media/owncloud/data

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