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I recently changed my external hard drive so that it can be read/edited by all, not just myself. In doing so I think I made it so only the root user can mount it. When I tried to mount it today I got this message:

Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:
mount: only root can mount /dev/sdb1 on /media/sdb1

What steps do I need to take to mount it, whether it be in the terminal or not?


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Can you tell how you made your HD mountable only by root? – Gaurav Sharma Jan 12 '13 at 5:43
Can you post the content of your /etc/fstab, please? It may be that you simply need to add the "user" or "users" option to the relevant line in that file. – Scaine Jan 12 '13 at 13:16

To mount as root, open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T, and then typing in:

sudo mount /dev/sdaX

..replacing X by the drive letter of the number of the drive you are trying to mount. To find the drive number, go under the "disks" application, or by typing "gnome-disks" in a separate terminal.

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