I just formatted a brand-new USB external hard drive with a single ext4 partition using GParted. I want to back up my files so I can do a fresh install of Oneric on my only machine. Natty mounted the new partition and I can see the "lost+found" directory, but I cannot copy files to the drive - I get "Permission denied".
ll /media, I see:
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2011-12-31 10:00 MyDisk/
I have a very limited understanding of permissions, but is the lack of 'w' permission on the "others" class what's preventing me from copying my files? I'm tempted to try
chmod o+w MyDisk, but would that apply to others on a different system, or just my current one (I need to copy files from the disk after installing Oneric)? Same question with root ownership - is that "root" on my current system only, or root on any system I connect the drive to?
Even if my thinking is way off, why doesn't GParted make the drive writable to my user account by default?