So I always used NTFS for my secondary hard drives due to sharing data with Windows, I’ve never used ext4. My NTFS 4tb WD Blue was showing some bad sectors so I decided to replace it with a Toshiba x300 5tb. This time I elected to use ext4 because I just don’t need Windows access to the drive. I set a GPT partition scheme and created a single ext4 partition on the drive using Gparted. The drive is mounted internally I don’t want the drive automounted at boot, I want to manually mount when I need it. Everything seemed fine after installing, but with one big issue…I can’t write anything to the drive. After extensive Googling, it’s apparently a permissions issue, but this is where my complete confusion comes in and I could really use some help setting this up correctly.
Question 1: Why does an NTFS formatted drive just “work” out of the box without changing any permissions to write to it?
Question 4: Apparently I need to chown the disk. But why didn’t I have to do that with an NTFS disk? How do I properly do this on Manjaro?
Question 3: Is there a different way to format to ext4 in Gparted and have it just work out of the box without having to change user permissions on the OS? This would be important if I want ext4 formatted external drives that bounce from computer to computer. I thought using ext4 would be better, but if I have to manually own the drive on every computer I attach it to, it seems like more work than it’s worth.
Any help with answering all of my questions would be a big help. Thanks.