[SATLUG] read only usb fs

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Sat Sep 10 17:17:38 CDT 2011

> sometimes vfat partitions will get automounted with defaults. By default
> vfat has a mask that makes it read only. if this is the case you need to
> mount it with the option umask=0000.
> mount -t vfat /dev/??? /mount/point -o umask=0000
> after that you should be able to write to it

No go:

mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /mnt -o umask=0000
mount: block device /dev/sdb1 is write-protected, mounting read-only

It doesn't matter which position the read protection tab is in, it
will not change the result.

Trying to force r/w doesn't work either:

mount  -rw /dev/sdb1 /mnt -o umask=0000
mount: block device /dev/sdb1 is write-protected but explicit `-w' flag given


> On Sat, 2011-09-10 at 16:08 -0500, Borries Demeler wrote:
> > When I try to mount/fdisk or otherwise write to 4 GB SD flash memory
> > from my Canon camera I get an error message that the USB drive 
> > cannot be written to or the partition table cannot be changed.
> > 
> > There is a "lock" tab on the SD card, but neither position makes
> > a difference. I suspect the Canon camera writes some sort of
> > protection onto this card, so I am wondering how I can circumvent
> > this write protection.
> > 
> > It looks like a generic brand of SD card that came with the 
> > camera.
> > 
> > Any ideas on how to make this writable?
> > 
> > -Borries
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