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. 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. How should I proceed in attempting to resolve this issue? Thanks
You could try this. Though, Ubuntu should be doing this automatically, provided your drives are healthy.
Plug your drive in.
Unmount the the drive
Create mount point
Mount the drive:
More info here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MountingWindowsPartitions#NTFS
You can install ntfs-config which is included in the official repositories. Open a terminal and write:
And after installing, run it as root:
A graphical interface will show up, and after that your NTFS partitions will be automatically mounted every time you boot. There is an option to enable write support in there too.