Problem mounting a USB flashdrive on Intrepid

Steven Davies-Morris sdavmor at
Wed Dec 3 22:13:04 UTC 2008

Mark Haney wrote:
> Steven Davies-Morris wrote:
>> It mounts and is both read/writeable on my computer (Intrepid).
>> But not on the new Intrepid box I just put together last week for
>> my wife. The device shows up/disappears when I plug it in/remove
>> it. But when accessed her user is told:
>> Cannot mount volume You are not privileged to mount this volume
> Just for giggles, try mounting the volume manually.  Granted only
> root will have access to it, but it /will/ eliminate a USB problem
> on your's wife's system.
> Although, I do believe Leonard is right, your wife's user account
> is not part of the disk group (or whatever group that's used for
> that.).

Turned out that the problem was my defining her old Windows XP drive
incorrectly in /etc/fstab via the older method of /dev/sdxn. Once it
was no longer declared as /dev/sdc1 (which Ubuntu apprently wanted to
use for the USB), and I had set it up to mount via its UUID, the USB
device mounted and opened for R/W correctly. Now my wife is no longer
(for now) giving me the evil eye about this "totally unnecessary move
away from Windows". :D
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