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i would have thought mine was such a common question that there would be a simple solution already built in to xubuntu - but there isnt.

i have 2 separate external hard disks and connect them to a usb port at different times - i would like them to be automatically mounted as read/write, but apparently the designers of gnome-volume-manager decided that shouldnt be possible and they are mounted as read-only

in fact, i can write new files to them, but cannot then delete the new files i just wrote!

is there a workaround? i read somewhere that etc/fstab doesn't apply to removable media, which are mounted by gnome-volume-manager and therefore cannot be unmounted by a user

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possible duplicate of Automatically mount NTFS drive when I login –  Uri Herrera Jul 1 '12 at 18:34
    
Normally, an external partition would be mounted as rw, unless there are reasons not to. When was the last time those partitions were checked for errors? –  mikewhatever Jul 1 '12 at 23:45
    
In kubuntu, it's in system settings->hardware->removable devices. You can set what to do when connected on boot as well as when plugged in later. Maybe this will point you in the right direction for xubuntu. –  Joe Jul 4 '12 at 23:04
    
Mmm... In my configuration (standard Xubuntu 12.04 on a Thinkpad x220) my 2 external NTFS USB disks connect automatically with read and write enabled. Are you sure it is not something related to your system (or disks) specifically? Maybe check your disks, Like Mike suggested? –  Treepata Jul 11 '12 at 20:42
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You could try this. Though, Ubuntu should be doing this automatically, provided your drives are healthy.

Plug your drive in.

Use fdisk -l to find the name of the external drive. (ie. /dev/sdb)

Unmount the the drive sudo umount /dev/YOUR_DRIVE_HERE

Create mount point sudo mkdir /mnt/MOUNT_POINT

Mount the drive: mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/YOUR_DRIVE_NAME /mnt/MOUNT_POINT

More info here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MountingWindowsPartitions#NTFS

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