I have an external drive that is a few years old and now I wanna format it. I dont know what file system I should use with ubuntu. I tried ext4, but it gives me a headache when I am trying to copy documents. It says I dont have the permission to copy files there. I dont really wanna use this hard drive with windows computers...that's why I decided to go for the ext4 file system.

Any ideas why I cant copy or what could have gone wrong?


reformat the drive using diskutility , And make sure that you cheked 'take the owner ship of the file system' check button

  • I'm sure this answer would work, but I for one would love to know why this happens occasionally. – aaronsnoswell Jul 16 '12 at 9:19
  • @tachyons Thanks. This was the problem and now it is all sorted out. :) – Elysium Jul 16 '12 at 9:19
  • @user407462 : Sorry I am not a linux expert – Tachyons Jul 16 '12 at 11:57

First run this command in terminal: sudo nautilus

then go to the partition you want and change permissions to your username in both part of owner and group;)

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