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Using GParted, I have formatted an external HDD to ext4.

As it turns out the default is that I have no write access.

How can I change permissions on external drives?

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marked as duplicate by Eric Carvalho, Luis Alvarado Aug 8 '13 at 10:20

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For what it's worth, this seems to be a problem with ext4 (no idea why). If you format it to fa32, for instance, gparted will give it normal user access. – Waldir Leoncio Sep 2 '14 at 21:31
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It is possible that you may have formatted the drive with root privileges.

If so see link below for some possible solutions.

Only root-permissions to USB-drive after formatting with Gparted

Hope it helps.

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Seems something like your issue and it is solved.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Eric Carvalho Jul 25 '13 at 12:31

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