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I have a new SSD and used Gparted to format it to the ext3 filesystem - that went smoothly but now I can't access it.

I right click on the drive icon in Nautilus under "Devices" and check the permissions - it says that the owner is root and I don't know how to change that.

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  • What are you trying to change the permissions of? A file or folder on the partition? – Richard Dec 17 '13 at 23:19
  • the whole file I believe – BriskJocks Dec 17 '13 at 23:21
  • What do you mean by "file"? Is it an actual file on the filesystem? Perhaps you can explain what your goal is and exactly what you have tried. – Richard Dec 17 '13 at 23:22
  • i click on the file pin on the side bar than click on the ssd under devices than right click on it and go to properties. I go to permissions to change the access so i can read and right but the owner is labeled as root – BriskJocks Dec 17 '13 at 23:25
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    You don't "make a hard drive executable" – psusi Dec 17 '13 at 23:35
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For doing it graphically, a simple way would be to use this in terminal:

gksudo nautilus

And then modify these to be Read & Write: permissions

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CLI solution:

sudo chown user:group mountpoint.

So, for example if your drive is mount to /media/foobar is my username is tux, and group is penguins.

sudo chown tux:penguins /media/foobar

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