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Just bought a brand new external to back up my windows from ubuntu... since my windows isnt' accessible anymore... The hard drive is read only? I don't understand how it could be if it's brand new? Is there anyway to get the OS to let me into my new external... Also, I'm new to Ubuntu and am hoping you'll have simple instructions to get it to work. C: thank you~

Update: Bad news has come to the windows OS. It seems to be stuck in the start up repair loop... The hard drive is fried at this point.

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It maybe that the root file system is currently mounted read-only.

Try This. just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo mount -n -o remount,rw /
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It's asking for a device name or label... I'm unsure of what that means either... ICK! Now it's another error Mount: Warning: Etc/mtab is not writable eg read only file system it is possible that information reported by mount8 is not up to date. For actual information about system mount points check the /proc/mounts file – Mila Hurricanes Aug 3 '13 at 19:57
Add the output of sudo fdisk -l to your question with the drive plugged in. – Mitch Aug 3 '13 at 19:59
Unable to open var/lib/sudo/username/1: Readonly file system – Mila Hurricanes Aug 3 '13 at 20:04
How did you format the drive? Does it have any data on it? Did you use it with windows prior to using it in Ubuntu? – Mitch Aug 3 '13 at 20:08
It has data on it that the drive needs to install on windows... I didn't format it at all, it's out of the box. Should I just format the drive, would it still work if I did that? More importantly, would my windows 7 still recognize it if I formatted it. – Mila Hurricanes Aug 3 '13 at 20:11

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