PyCharm on Ubuntu: store projects on external hard drive

Hi everyone, I am brand new to PyCharm. It's a lot to take in at first but it does seem to be a really nice IDE and I hope I can settle in!

I am running PyCharm on Pop OS (essentially Ubuntu).

Due to space limitations and the fact that I may be working with large datasets, I have stored the PyCharm program on my SSD but I would like to store all projects on an external hard drive (just a WD drive that I connect to my laptop by USB).

When I try "File -> New Project", I cannot see my USB in the list of available directories. Is there a way to get around this? I assume being able to store projects non-locally is quite a common wish.

Also, I am fairly new to Python/Linux etc so if you could talk me through the solution in clear steps that would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you very much :)

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Do you see the external drive from your OS file manager? Can you navigate to your external drive from the terminal?

On Linux, PyCharm should display all directories under system root. If you can see the directory in the terminal, but not in PyCharm, perhaps it has limited permissions. Try to give all users read/write permissions to your external drive to test if they are the issue.


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