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Getting read-only file system after install Lubuntu 14.04

Sorry for my bad English. I am unable to use Ubuntu/Lubuntu after a fresh installation. Few seconds after boot the system is turned read-only. Previous searches indicates a bug with wubi in 14.04 ...
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Using OverlayFS to enable writing on a read only /etc

Is it a terribly bad idea to create a union mount, using OverlayFS, on top of /etc? I'm aiming to set up a system whereby a read-only root filesystem is installed on an SD card, with writeable areas ...
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The best way to create a root filesystem, split between read only and writable

My aim is to create a system where the main parts of the root filesystem are stored on a read-only SD card, with writeable parts located on an SSD set to rw. This is to be done with a view to keeping ...
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Read-only filesystem Recovery Mode not working

I have seen other posts of this before, but they didn't help. In short, today I was trying to play Colobot on my Ubuntu Trusty computer, when I tried to access the directory the game was in by ...
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Secondary SSD stuck as read only

I am having trouble getting my second SSD to work with Linux. I recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu 14.04 and I am still learning Linux. I can see my second drive under Devices in the File ...
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How to extract archive or change permissions when there are “read-only file system” errors?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and having a problem changing the file permission of a .zip file. I can neither extract it nor change file permissions. When I extract it by command unzip ...
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USB turn write protection off forced

I have a USB-flash device (SanDisk SDCZ33 BM120423519D) with no hardware switch, which is stuck in readonly mode: # hdparm /dev/sdf /dev/sdf: SG_IO: bad/missing sense data, sb[]: 70 00 05 00 00 00 ...
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[Errno 30]Read-only file system: '/target/boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic'

I am fairly new to Ubuntu and I am trying to install 14.04 on my laptop. The laptop wasn't really working and only boots with Ubuntu CD. I don't care for any files or anything on the computer, I just ...
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My ext HHD is READ-ONLY! Posted attempts to correct same confused me and made matters worst! [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 14 LTS. I am having issues using my VERBATIM 1TB external HHD. It keeps mounting as READ-ONLY!. I can use it in WINDOWS but when I attempt to load ANYTHING on it in Ubuntu it will ...
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My microSD mounted read-only

I know this question has been asked a lot. I've tried all the solutions, such as formatting, reboot, remount, etc. But my microSD still read-only. I have partitioned my Micro SD into 2 partitions and ...
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How can you delete a folder/file/etc. on a read only DVD+R?

I was trying to get my cd mounted (that problem got fixed), but I burned something to my cd as a test and now I can't get it off.
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How to remove Read-Only system files(Seems to Virus Problem)?

I have a PenDrive wich are full of virus, these vírus are .js files, using linux, I can open the pendrive and see in which folders they are. But when I try to remove by pressing DELETE button or via ...
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FAT partition seems readonly - but not always

I'm trying to delete data from an external FAT drive, which in the past worked. Now, after some system updates, it seems to be stuck in read-only mode -- although I can't figure out why. The mount ...
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Mounting a read only drive as read write

I have a special bespoke device with a USB interface. When plugging in the device to my laptop - Ubuntu 12.04 it mounts as a read only USB drive - with a file on it. This file is created by the device ...
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Ext4 switching to read only mode

I have very frustrating problem. My server randomly switches / mount to read only without any pattern. Only message that I've found in logs is: htree_dirblock_to_tree:920: inode #14286877: block ...
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Fix write-protected(read-only) filesystem

I made bootable usb drive , then USB drive was write protected. I used followng command hrirks@hrirks-MS-7592:~$ sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 ...
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USB (nfts) refuses to remove read-only restriction (Ubuntu 14.04)

A few days ago a single folder in my usb drive got damaged while using windows, since then my usb can only be mounted in read-only mode (nfts file format). I've tried using fsck and mounting the usb ...
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I can not write on and delete from my phone connected via usb

I have checked out this question How to make read-only file system writable? but I still have the problem. My option is 'rw', but it does not help, I still can not write files and delete mount| grep ...
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13.10, mount works only in read-only mode

No success mounting a device in read-write mode. After plugging it in, it is mounted. $ sudo lsblk -o NAME,FSTYPE,SIZE,MOUNTPOINT,LABEL NAME FSTYPE SIZE MOUNTPOINT LABEL sda ...
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Disk '/dev/sdb' doesn't contain a valid partition table

I have installed Ubuntu on the USB stick and afterwards tried to clean up the disc to install another version of Ubuntu. I was not able to do it (even when tried to delete files by using sudo -rm), ...
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How to edit a read-only archive?

I have an archive type supported by file-roller and the properties for it have NOT been set to read-only. When I open it, however, I am unable to modify its contents as the file appears to be ...
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How to change a drive's permissions if it's owned by root?

Earlier I was trying to install steam on my 32 Gb Flash Drive, because my hard drive is very small, but I couldn't because it was FAT formatted. So then I formatted it to EXT 4 using GParted, and when ...
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External USB Drive read-only cannot change to read & write

Recently I bought a FOXCONN AT-5250 barebones computer that I loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with the purpose of using it as a Plex Media Server computer. After I got Plex up and running it worked great ...
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USB HDD becoming irreversibly read-only

I'm having problem with an external USB hard drive (FAT32). Seems impossible to write, delete etc files, I get error messages saying it is a read only file system. When I try to solve the problem ...
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AuFS read only branch as another read only branch

My goal is to use an AuFS read only branch as another read only branch: I've got a directory dir0, then I make : mount -t aufs -o br=dir2=rw:dir0=ro none dir1 This gives me - dir0 - dir1 #read ...
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Ubuntu boots into terminal mode with read-only access to hard drive?

Ubuntu crashed randomly and had to hard reset the system, now when I boot my machine I get an error has occurred while mounting media/Disk_2 (Disk 2 is a secondary hard disk) I am faced with either ...
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ubuntu applications segfaults and filesystem remounts with readonly mode [closed]

i dropped a hard disk. after installing fresh kubuntu 12.04LTS applications keeps segfaulting and filesystem remounts with readonly mode. i checked hard disk for bad sectors but none are found. ...
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Unable to open /dev/sdb read-write (Read-only file system) [solved]

As in the title, I'm unable to format it as it says read-only. I've tried couple of searches and the solutions too. Even I tried GParted to see I have any luck. Unfortunately below is what I get. ...
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Can't copy/move anything to external drive

I bought a LaCie 3TB drive while it was on sale to replace a Seagate 2TB drive and formatted it to ext3. No mater what way I set up the partitions in gparted (3TB/1TB+2TB) I never am able to move ...
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flash and usb drives showing up as RO in GNOME

Cannot drag and drop items onto flash and USB drive. Receiving an error stating that the device is read-only, however, I am able to copy to these devices from the CLI.
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Can't open .exe file on CD because it's read only

So I have this software CD for my Canon MX420 printer that I've been trying to install onto my computer. However, when I run the .exe setup file, it says I need to run the program as an administrator. ...
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Disk Errors. FSCK returns 0

I've been having disk issues recently. The disk usually remounts as read only after 1 hour of uptime at which point the OS basically crashes. The disk is set to remount read-only after errors are ...
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Mounting the Live-USB partition

It is possible to mount the partition where the ISO extracted (Or we can say the root partition of a Live-USB ) not as Read-only but as read/write-able partition ?
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Unable to mount ISO in write mode

I tried to mount my Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit image using the following command : sudo mount -o rw,loop /home/varun/Downloads/ubuntu-13.04-desktop-amd64.iso /media/cdimage But I gets the following ...
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How can I get all USB storage device to mount as read-only or offer no mount options at all?

These are the two parts of my query: Is there a way to mount all USB storage/flash/removable storage devices as read-only i.e. set the default mount policy to read-only? Back in Windows OS, I could ...
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Read-Only pendrive

I'm trying to format a pen-drive (Daiichi-Sankyo) but it's read-only and/or write protected. I list all commands results I made so far: sudo gparted & Unable to open /dev/sdb read-write ...
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Can't mount DVD with photos on it (superblock)

I am trying to open a DVD with photos on it in Ubuntu 12.04 and I get this error: Error mounting: mount: block device /dev/sr0 is write-protected, mounting read-only mount: /dev/sr0: can't read ...
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extrnal hard disk malfunction

I bought external hard disc Verbatim 53021/500 GB and it worked perfectly for about 1 year. Than it suddenly became "read only" device. There is only 63.7 GB of its 500 GB memory used. As it still ...
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USB flash drives being mounted read-only in 13.10

Ever since installing 13.10 (x64) every time I insert a USB flash drive, it mounts as read-only. I tried using three different drives, and they all get mounted read-only. They were working fine on ...
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How to use Ubuntu with read-only file system?

The question is: what directories of file system I should consider to be mounted as ro (as maximum as possible), and what as rw to use Ubuntu as normal? I want to flash as maximum directories as I can ...
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HELP- says “running in low graphics mode” at startup, have followed tutorials but never works?

I am trying to fix my computer so I can give it to my little brother. When I turn it on, it tells me it is running in low graphics mode. I have tried a bunch of tutorials and none have worked. I can ...
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remounting as read/write — will I lose my data?

I need root access to install a file, but I seem to have forgotten my pw. To change it, it appears I will need to enter GRUB and remount / as read/write as suggested here. I just want to know if I ...
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Ext4 constantly mounts as read-only

I'm at a complete loss, here. After only using my computer for short periods of time (often less than a minute), my root partition (Ext 4, /dev/sda5) become read-only without warning. This happens ...
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installation failed!! says hdd is read only?

I had an old laptop and wanted to install ubuntu onto it, used my other pc running ubuntu to create a startup usb, booted from usb, chose install to hdd, chose erase erase disk and install ubuntu ...
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File system becomes “Read-Only” on Ubuntu 11.10 using ext4

I have been using Ubuntu 11.01 with ETX4, I have several Desktop PC's all identical hardware right upto the SSD. The Ubuntu OS with the above spec has been cloned from a single image. I frequently ...
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How to access efi boot partition as read-write?

I have installed Ubuntu 13.04 alongside windows 8 (efi mode) and now I want to go to a read-write access of the efi boot partition. For secure boot to work, I installed the Linux Foundation's ...
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Connect an external harddisk as readonly for data recovery

I need to use testdisk recovery program on my affected hardrive. So I want to mount the external harddisk as readonly in ubuntu. How can I connect my external harddisk as readonly to my ubuntu ...
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permanently removing read only option

I have ubuntu 13.04 and kernel 3.11. When I press e key at grub bootmenu I see the read only ro option at root partition and when I start system with that option I have low resolution and other ...
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Filesystem mounted PARTIALLY as read-only

Alright, so a power outage occurred while my computer running Xubuntu 13.04 was on. Has happened before, just restart and make sure nothing broke. Well, it has been a long and arduous journey, and I ...
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How do I make a read-only file system writable for pendrive

When I am trying to format my pendrive, I'm getting the following error. root@obbu-G41M-Combo:/home/obbu# mkfs.vfat -n 'Ubuntu' -I /dev/sdb1 mkfs.vfat 3.0.14 (23 Jan 2023) mkfs.vfat: unable to open ...