Can mount external USB drive but cannot read or write to it

Jonathan D. Armendariz jarmenda at
Wed Nov 5 01:45:11 UTC 2008

Peter Smerdon wrote:

> I would mount the drive and then do a
> sudo chown -R
> yourusername:yourusername /media/whereever/thedrive/is/mounted
> this basically changes the user and group permissions of the drive to
> yourself. I would guess the drive gets mounted somewhere in /media but
> you need to check that is the case.

Did as you suggested and it worked! Thank you much appreciated. I'll 
have to admit I still have alot to learn with Linux but it's time well 


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