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I had initially gotten good results in using /etc/fstab to specify mounting points for my hard disks. But after meddling around with folder permissions, my disks refused to mount.

What I was doing:

  • Using chown to give permissions to Transmission (didn't get it to work anyway)

What happened:

  • After one of many reboots, my disks stopped being mounted.
  • fstab -l and blkid did not show my 2 disks

Out of curiosity, I commented out the lines in /etc/fstab, and to my surprise, the two above steps showed the disks (not auto-mounted), and I could successfully mount them.

My problem:

  • I need to assign specific permissions to the disks, as I'm trying to use one of them for owncloud
  • Thus, to my understanding, the disks need to be added to the /etc/fstab file to work

The 2 pertinent lines in /etc/fstab

UUID="4A58B8EF58B8DB41" /media/pi/EdwinHDD1     ntfs-3g auto,users,permissions, 0 0
UUID="BEEAEC08EAEBBB33" /media/pi/MediaHDD      ntfs-3g auto,users,permissions, 0 0

I'm pretty much at my wits end. Any advice please?

My system:

Distributor ID: Raspbian

Description: Raspbian GNU/Linux 8.0 (jessie)

Release: 8.0

Codename: jessie

  • Better practice than using chown to change the owner might be to add the relevant account/service to a group with ownership of the folder. (For instance, you need to be a member of the cdrom group to burn CDs.) – docwebhead Aug 28 '17 at 14:51
  • OwnCloud needs have full ownership of the folder though, and therein lies my problem – Edwin Chua Aug 28 '17 at 15:26

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