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external HDD turns into "read only"

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external HDD turns into "read only"

Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:07 pm
Not purely a partition question, but I don't know where else to put it...
I have an external 1TB HDD that I use for back ups with Grsync.
I use it as 2nd safety copy; taking a back up from another external HDD.
Suddenly it turned into "read only", while in Properties the owner is still me.
The Grsync-forum says it's not a Grsync flaw, but more likely something wrong with the hardware.

I have (with the help from computerhope-forum) found this similar problem, only it concerns an ntfs, whilst mine is FAT32:
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=104411
it leads to another thread, which is even more specific ntfs:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NTFS-3G
Trying a suggestion from the first link gives me this
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[email protected] ~ $ sudo fsck /dev/sdf1
'fsck' uit util-linux 2.20.1
dosfsck 3.0.12, 29 Oct 2011, FAT32, LFN
There are differences between boot sector and its backup.
Differences: (offset:original/backup)
  65:01/00
1) Copy original to backup
2) Copy backup to original
3) No action
?
which doesn't mean anything to me.
Can you give me another clue how to solve this?

BTW at a friends pc I plugged the HDD into Xubuntu and there did succeed in doing a "sudo cp xyzfile /media/mydisk/backups" without error.
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Please check the output of "dmesg" to verify that the file system driver is not failing out into read-only mode due to detected file system inconsistencies.


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Last night just before crashing (me, not the disk ;) ) I found it.
In Gparted I had to run a "Check" on the unmounted partition, et voila... 8)
I found the idea in an old Ubuntu thread
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1556070

 
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