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I have only used my external hard drive once, wich was with my previous Ubuntu installation (11.04), on the same laptop. I have created 2 partitions, FAT32 and EXT4. Now I needed to get some data from my external hard drive and IT WOULD NOT LET ME. No matter what I do in Nautilus, it will not do a thing with it. It is NOT corrupted. When I do mount /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 in a terminal, it said Permissions denied... (SO IT WON'T ALLOW ME TO ACCESS MY OWN DATA??). When mounting it as root, it works, but I don't want to. Things should simply work, normal users don't want to dive into a command line and go edit text files to do a simple action like mounting an external hard drive, and neither do I. When mounting it as root, by the way, and running sudo chown robin /media/sdb1 it even sais Permission denied, while I am running the command as root! Frankly, I'm getting sick of things like this. Any way to fix this for once and forever? No solutions please that I'll have to apply every time I reinstall Ubuntu on my laptop or anything like that. I am a user, I want to use. Not dive into command lines and text files for the simplest possible actions.

Just to clarify, I've got no problems with typing a few commands in a terminal windows, as long as that solved the problem permanently. I don't want to have to go through a mess like this on every computer or every time I reinstall my OS.

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What kind of external harddisk is this? USB disks will automatically mount when you connect it. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Oct 19 '11 at 15:20
... I dunno. Just a simple 2,5" USB3 external hard drive. – RobinJ Oct 19 '11 at 15:24
What happens when you connect it? It is supposed to be mounted automatically and become available in Nautilus. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Oct 19 '11 at 15:45
... That's the problem. It doesn't. I need root permissions to mount it. – RobinJ Oct 19 '11 at 16:00
What the... I just updated my system and the problem seems to be gone. – RobinJ Oct 21 '11 at 18:49
up vote 1 down vote accepted

After updating my system, the problem disappeared.

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