Mounting a USB drive in Ubuntu without needing root access.
If you want to be able to mount a USB drive in Ubuntu or Linux Mint without clicking the entry in the Nautilus file manager then this post is for you.
Type this command to install the pmount utility.
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install pmount
Then plug in a USB drive and query the kernel to see what the device identifier is. Do this by typing
dmesg | tail. If you have only just plugged in the USB drive it will show the device id, e.g /dev/sdj. Then type this command to mount the drive.
[email protected]:~$ pmount /dev/sdj1
This will mount the drive at the /media/sdj1 location and you will then be able to access the files.
The pumount command will then unmount the media when you are finished with it.
[email protected]:~$ pumount /dev/sdj1
This is a very useful command that you could put into a script to mount all of your NTFS drives on startup.