12.04 won't mount external drives

Avi Greenbury lists at avi.co
Sun Sep 9 22:49:47 UTC 2012

Robert Holtzman wrote:
> Biggest problem so far is that it won't mount an external drive, flash
> or hdd. True in Unity and xfce both. Doesn't show in /etc/fstab so
> can't mount it manually either.

It's not supposed to be added to fstab - removable drives are just
mounted and not configured for remounting on boot or remembered

Can you mount it manually by telling mount where it is:

mount /mnt /dev/sdb

for example? Did the device show up in dmesg? If you plug the drive in
and then run dmesg the last few lines should be about detecting a USB
device and say where it is (sdb or sdc, for example)


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