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Brand New to Linux and Lost - Can't Add Media


mrcraigc

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mark-in-dallas

I am on Linux Mint Cinnamon as well,, and 6 or 8 months ago I was also completely new to Linux, and I screwed things up royally but mastermind11 was there to help, and far more patient than could have been asked of him.  In the end I ended up doing a complete reinstall and starting from scratch because before becoming completely lost I'd done some stupid things that I didn't know how to undo.  But, mastermind11 was extremely helpful throughout, and even though I had no clue about how to do some of the things he wanted me to do, I found that I could get all of the answers with simple Google searches.  

In short, don't give up.  Know that Google is your friend, and that while Linux isn't quite as newbie friendly as Windows, once you ge tthe basics down you'll wonder why you waited so long.

Two quick tips:

1.  Dropping into the shell means opening a terminal window.

2.  The ls -l command given in a terminal will list the permissions, ownership and the assigned group of the current directory and any folders/files within it.

3.  and just as an aside, I would chown the drive to your username and grant the emby user accoun t access by adding the emby user account to your group, and vice versa.

Remember, Google is your friend.  If chown sounds like a weird foreign dish to you, a Google search will quickly tell you that its a linux command used to change ownership

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mrcraigc

Thanks. I feel like I'm getting closer. Still doing something wrong though as I get the message "No such file or directory" when I try to chown the drive.

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MediaMogal

Unless I missed it I'm not seeing any mention of Fast Startup in Windows.  That must be shut off or you will have problems with NTFS drive in Linux. I had to do this for my roommates machine with Manjaro. If you by chance do not have Windows any longer there is a command to use to clean what Linux considers dirty drives. I'll see if I can find the post for it and post the info here.

 

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4189-turn-off-fast-startup-windows-10-a.html

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mark-in-dallas
6 hours ago, mrcraigc said:

It shows me that root has ownership and I can't change it. Onward...

You need to acquire root access before making changes to media owned by root, and can do that by prefacing any commands with sudo. 

I.e., sudo chown new_owner : old_owner directory_name

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mastrmind11
45 minutes ago, mark-in-dallas said:

You need to acquire root access before making changes to media owned by root, and can do that by prefacing any commands with sudo. 

I.e., sudo chown new_owner : old_owner directory_name

slight correction:

sudo chown correct_user:correct_group directory_name

@mrcraigc post the output of ls -l from the root of your media directory.  you can get there by using the cd command and typing in your mount directory

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mrcraigc
5 hours ago, mastrmind11 said:

slight correction:

sudo chown correct_user:correct_group directory_name

@mrcraigc post the output of ls -l from the root of your media directory.  you can get there by using the cd command and typing in your mount directory

drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Nov 21 12:06 mydrive
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4096 Nov 24 19:06 usb-WD_easystore_264D_5647483236585347-0:0-part2
 

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