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I have installed a second internal hard drive. I have read help various help files on mounting via fstab file. After running the mount -a command. The partition is mounted /mnt/films. But when i select the folder i can't do anything. I'm informed that i'm not the root user, and have no permissions. (I am a complete beginner learning mode one step at a time) ubuntu oneric

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc                                       /proc  proc  nodev,noexec,nosuid  0  0  
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=4810412d-43db-477a-b6f2-8f2948924d90  /      ext4  errors=remount-ro    0  1  
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=967bd3d5-32e5-4f20-9095-446047353d21  none   swap  sw                   0  0  

# /dev/sdb1 is Seagate Barracuda 2TB
UUID=a35d1e8d-4461-4e33-abf7-edea029d7ae5 /mnt/Films    ext4    rw,sync,user     0 0
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Suggested edit: Corrected typo in title and added tag for fstab – Julian Knight Jul 18 '12 at 13:42

You should create the folder /mnt/films using the command (in a terminal):

sudo mkdir /mnt/films

Then you need to change permissions so that you have read access to the folder:

sudo chown root:users /mnt/films

This allows group use by the users group which your logged in user should be a member of (it will be as standard). So make sure that the group permissions include read and write:

sudo chmod g+rw /mnt/films

If ther are folders and/or files already on the drive, you may need to adjust their ownership and permissions too.

I assume that you have formatted the drive as ext4? By default it probably came formatted as FAT32.

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Also, if you are just starting out with Ubuntu, you are probably better off using the latest release (12.04) if you can. – Julian Knight Jul 17 '12 at 19:25
Thanks Julian. I will read up on the chmod command, and it options. I did format the drive as ext4. Was I Wrong? Can you point out what mistake I made in editing the fstab file. I will install ubuntu 12.04 after I have learnt how to add additional drives in the fstab. Will keep you informed. – Peter Jul 18 '12 at 22:31
One question - how big is the drive? There can be issues with drives >2.1TB. Other than that, the fstab entry looks ok & ext4 is fine so nothing there. That's why I kind of assume it must be a permissions issue. – Julian Knight Jul 19 '12 at 9:02
Hi Justin, I have installed ubuntu 12.04. I have edited the fstab file, and have my 2tb internal sata drive mounting in /mnt/films. When i go in to the directory of films. There is a folder call lost+found, and it only has user permissions drwx------ 2 root. To gain access rights/have the same access rights as the root. Using chmod, do i need to make changes to access rights of the group of this file eg. drwxrwx---. My aim is to have a directory on that 2tb drive that i can store all my films. Your help is much appreciated. – Peter Jul 22 '12 at 10:57
Hi Julian, sorry for getting your name wrong in my previous post. Such a massive learning curve for me and my brain. I have re read your answer. Which has answer my question. Sorry. – Peter Jul 23 '12 at 7:24

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