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Indeed it seems that your boot records and managers are only on the external drive. Normally they are on the internal drive. You should create a Boot Repair Disk and boot into it. It is a handy disk to have anyway. While in the BRD system, first use gparted to make sure that your internal drive has an active partition with a boot flag set to it. Then ...


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Ok, so the problem turned out to be that Macs can't write to NTFS, and the other computer was a Mac. Solution: don't format drive to NTFS if being shared with a mac.


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To mount a partition at startup for all users, we need an entry in the fstab file. What is happening presently is, the HDD is getting mounted for the user who logs in which gives access permissions to only that user. By adding an entry in the fstab, the partition will be mounted by root with access to all users. this r/w access can be controlled later on. ...



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