I am using Arch Linux. I am not able to write on my external hard disk. I have tried to change the permission manually through properties but not allowed to do so. How can I fix this problem?

Here is the output of fsck -l and mount:

[root@localhost shravan]# fsck -l
fsck from util-linux 2.24.1
e2fsck 1.42.9 (28-Dec-2013)
/dev/sda1 is mounted.
e2fsck: Cannot continue, aborting.

[root@localhost shravan]# mount
proc on /proc type proc (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime)
sys on /sys type sysfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime)
dev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,nosuid,relatime,size=1996364k,nr_inodes=499091,mode=755)
run on /run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,mode=755)
/dev/sda1 on / type ext4 (rw,relatime,data=ordered)
securityfs on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,nosuid,noexec,relatime,gid=5,mode=620,ptmxmode=000)
tmpfs on /sys/fs/cgroup type tmpfs (ro,nosuid,nodev,noexec,mode=755)
cgroup on /sys/fs/cgroup/systemd type cgroup (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,xattr,release_agent=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd-cgroups-agent,name=systemd)
pstore on /sys/fs/pstore type pstore (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime)
cgroup on /sys/fs/cgroup/cpuset type cgroup (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,cpuset)
cgroup on /sys/fs/cgroup/cpu,cpuacct type cgroup (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,cpu,cpuacct)
cgroup on /sys/fs/cgroup/memory type cgroup (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,memory)
cgroup on /sys/fs/cgroup/devices type cgroup (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,devices)
cgroup on /sys/fs/cgroup/freezer type cgroup (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,freezer)
cgroup on /sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls type cgroup (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,net_cls)
cgroup on /sys/fs/cgroup/blkio type cgroup (rw,nosuid,nodev,noexec,relatime,blkio)
systemd-1 on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type autofs (rw,relatime,fd=22,pgrp=1,timeout=300,minproto=5,maxproto=5,direct)
configfs on /sys/kernel/config type configfs (rw,relatime)
hugetlbfs on /dev/hugepages type hugetlbfs (rw,relatime)
tmpfs on /tmp type tmpfs (rw)
debugfs on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw,relatime)
mqueue on /dev/mqueue type mqueue (rw,relatime)
tmpfs on /run/user/1000 type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,size=399844k,mode=700,uid=1000,gid=1000)
fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw,relatime)
gvfsd-fuse on /run/user/1000/gvfs type fuse.gvfsd-fuse (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=1000,group_id=1000)
/dev/sdb1 on /run/media/shravan/6FA6C3EC7A96B1D0 type ntfs (ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,fmask=0177,dmask=077,nls=utf8,errors=continue,mft_zone_multiplier=1,uhelper=udisks2)
binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,relatime)
  • Is the external hard disk formatted correctly? Are you able to mount the external HDD?
    – Ramesh
    May 27, 2014 at 21:10
  • Yes, it is formated correctly and able to mount it.
    – Shravan40
    May 27, 2014 at 21:12
  • How you are trying to write to the external disk?
    – Ramesh
    May 27, 2014 at 21:14
  • Like copying some data from internal hard disk. Even i can't create a new folder.
    – Shravan40
    May 27, 2014 at 21:15
  • Ok, what is the output of fsck -l and mount commands?
    – Ramesh
    May 27, 2014 at 21:16

1 Answer 1


From what I observe in the output of the pastebin page, I see the external HDD is formatted as NTFS partition.

/dev/sdb1 on /run/media/shravan/6FA6C3EC7A96B1D0 type ntfs 

So I believe if you remount your partition as NTFS type you will be able to use the external HDD. Just unmount your partition using umount /dev/sdb1 and then remount it using the below command.

mount /dev/sdb1 /run/media/shravan/ -t ntfs-3g -o nls=utf8,umask=0222

As per Patrick's comments, the file system is mounted with the in-kernel ntfs driver, which is read only. So if the system has ntfs-3g the mount should be used as,

mount /dev/sdb1 /run/media/shravan/ -t ntfs-3g -o nls=utf8,umask=0222


http://www.pendrivelinux.com/mounting-a-windows-xp-ntfs-partition-in-linux/ http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/26/conversation/ntfs-3g-use http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/26/conversation/mikeserv-suggestion

  • Note: Windows 10 may not unmount a drive properly even when shutdown (some new fast boot functionality) so Linux will only mount it read-only. Jan 16, 2019 at 2:49

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