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Absolutely cannot write to USB drive

I have a 2GB Sandisk Cruzer USB drive that I removed the U3 garbage
from. I formatted the disk as FAT in a friend's WindowsXP machine.
Now, any Windows machine can read and write to the disk, and my Fedora
desktop can read and write to it as a regular user. However, my Ubuntu
Feisty 7.04 laptop can only write as root.

I have this is my fstab (yes, it is the correct device):
/dev/sdb1 /media/usb auto rw,users,noauto 0 0

However, HAL does not auto mount so I must manually mount it:
feisty@feisty-laptop:~$ mount -o rw /dev/sdb1 /media/usb/
mount: only root can do that
feisty@feisty-laptop:~$ sudo mount -o rw /dev/sdb1 /media/usb/
feisty@feisty-laptop:~$ sudo chown feisty /media/usb/
chown: changing ownership of `/media/usb/': Operation not permitted

As you can see, despite the "users" option in fstab, only root can
mount. And even then, I cannot change the user. What is to be done?
Ideally, HAL would automount this device such that users could write
to it.

Thanks in advance.

Dotan Cohen


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