How to make your USB-stick/hard disk with vfat/ntfs/ext*/jfs/xfs/reiserfs partition writable
To be able to write/create files and folders to the USB device we need to make changes to the permissions of the partition.
Fat16/32 and ntfs partitions
For fat16/32 and ntfs partitions this is not necessary as the user who mounts the partition has full access to the device.
As some files/directories can not be written to fat16/32 (for instance names containing ':') it is highly advisable not to use this format. Use ntfs for a Windows <-> Linux compatible format.
Ext2/3/4, jfs, xfs and reiserfs partitions
For ext2, ext3, ext4, jfs, xfs, and reiserfs partitions we need to change the permissions in order to get write access.
Changing the permissions
As the permissions can only be changed with administrator privileges do:
In Pardus 2008 start System > More Applications > File Manager -Super User Mode.
In Pardus 2009 start Dolphin (administrator mode) with Alt+F2 and enter
kdesu dbus-launch dolphin
and apply the following instructions.
- Mount partition by selecting  the USB device.
- Right-click in the blank space  to get the dialog window.
- Select the Properties dialog .
- Select the Permissions tab .
- Set  Owner: >> Can View & Modify Contents .
- Set  Others: >> Can View & Modify Contents.
- Set mark here  to apply them to all folders and files.
- Apply changes here .
And right-click > Safely Remove the partition at .
Set a label for the partition with KDE Partition Manager Partition Editor or GParted (if installed) in order to get a consistent name in Places and mounting point at /media/... in Dolphin. As an example see the "My own label" USB-partition in the image above .