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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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Drive auto mounting as read only (errors=remount-ro)

My system is auto-mounting as read only and I have no idea why. Output of fstab: cat /etc/fstab # /etc/fstab: static file system information. # # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique ...
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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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My Mp3 player, Eclipse, Will only access read only

I posted this before, and got nowhere. So I deleted the question and am re asking. my usb player is being seen as a read only system, and I cant change any permissions. Does anyone have any ideas on ...
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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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create two partitons on sd card . make 1 partion read only and other writable?

Here is my use case .. i want to have my files in external storage write protected so that no one can either modify or delete. after some research i found this 3rd party tool can i do something ...
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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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Unable to copy files to mmc and delete from it

I have installed ubuntu 12.04 When i insert my mmc card to my laptop using usb port and mmc card reader. It shows mounted but, whenever try to copy files from my system to mmc card like songs, images ...
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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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Ubuntu mount SD cards as read only file system

I just noticed that an SD card (is the only one I have and I can try) that is opened in read/write in others computers running Ubuntu or Windows in my notebook is opened as a read only file system. ...
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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 ...
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Unable to mount Read-only file system

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 ...
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Files and folders became read only, cannot back up data

I need one urgent help. I am using Ubuntu 12.10. My hard drive is only one year old. Suddenly all of my folders and files became read only. After checking in Google, I came to know that this is ...
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Writer file opens as read only

When I open some files in Writer they open as read only. How can I edit them and stop them from opening as read only?
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lost + found folder is huge

I have installed Ubuntu on a machine with a 160GB HDD and its partitioned 130/30, with Ubuntu on the 30GB. After the reboot the partition mounted as I would expect it to. But it has mounted as root, ...
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USB Stick became Read-Only after using Pen Drive USB Installer

Yesterday I tried to make my 16Gb USB Stick bootable with Ubuntu 13.04 (Desktop x64). After some time because nothing changed I canceled the progress and decided to burn a DVD. The installation with ...
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Nexus 7 (4.2.2) stuck as read-only on Ubuntu 13.04 (PC)

I have a Nexus 7 running the latest Android (4.2.2) that seems to be stuck as read-only. I cannot transfer any files to or from the device though I am free to look through it. Permissions are: View ...
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New computer, already has Ubuntu [duplicate]

I just now got a new computer today from a friend. I have researched all the posts on Google to try to find out how to reset the root password since I do not know it and cannot get ahold of him. Tried ...
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Boot failure due to / being mounted read-only? Edit: Apparently, some other problem

1) The boot failures on 3.08.0-19-generic appear to be due to a failure to mount the swap partition per the boot log. Though it seems odd that I still get logged-in as a user, just no Unity/menu's as ...
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Whole system is read only

My whole system is read-only so I can't even connect to WiFi (needs authentication). So I went into the terminal: sudo su nautilus It sat there for about 20 seconds with no output then it had a ...
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Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS and 12.04.2 [Read-Only] Cannot mount partition

So I use Ubuntu on my HP business computer PU699AV (Intel Pentium 4 2,6 GHz CPU), 2GB RAM I sue Ubuntu for my Android ROM contributing.. Ubuntu used to work well on my PC but then it just went crazy ...
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13.04, Thinkpad x230, I/O Errors after 15-20 minutes working [closed]

After last update my system became behave strange. After 15-20 minutes all drives become read only. In terminal I get errors: I/O error, Bus error, disk is read only. I checked all my disks by ...
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File system is remounted read-only after a about two minutes after boot

I've just installed Windows 8 alongside my already existing Ubuntu 13.04 installation on my laptop. As expected, I couldn't boot into Ubuntu right after Windows installation, but fixed that using ...
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How to fix Grub loader that hangs and waits for user with read only root partition?

I am trying to create a set of Ubuntu 12.04 slave systems that have a read only root partition and a small read/write partition mounted for a single user. These systems will be used for a short job ...