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I'm using an ExFat external disk on Ubuntu 18.04.4 with auto-mount but after a while I can't copy or edit items on the disk anymore but the items are still accessible.

After a system-restart I can write to the drive again.

Followed steps:

1 - sudo apt install exfat-fuse exfat-utils
2 - sudo mkdir /home/user-folder/NETWORK-HDD
3 - Edit sudo nano /etc/fstab
4 - Add line: UUID=****-**** /home/user-folder/NETWORK-HDD auto defaults 0 0
5 - sudo mount -a

Be advised that I'm not an expert in Linux, just started using it.

  • Are you seeing an error message when you try to edit / copy files to the disk? Check that you are the owner of those files (right click and see properties, or chown in terminal) – kurja Apr 25 '20 at 11:51
  • Yes, shows me the following error: No such file or directory and yes I'm the owner – Andromeda Apr 25 '20 at 12:31
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Well I found the culprit. Filenames with a colon are the issue.

Whenever I tried to copy a file with a colon in the name to or from the mounted disk it failed. Removing the colons fixed the issue.

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