I followed this guide to encrypt my home folder and now I cannot access my external hard drive. As this guide instructs, I created a temporary user with encrypted home and migrated all my files to that user. I also made sure that the new user belongs to the same groups as my old user. After some time I deleted the old user. Everything else aside from this mounting problem seems to be working fine.

Screenshot of the problem: This Folder Does Not Belong to You. You don't have permission to view this folder.

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    Try opening files as administrator
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 5, 2016 at 6:09
  • Thanks. This works. Nevertheless, it's a temporary solution. I am actually using Deja Dup backup software with the backup destination in this external hard drive. Mar 5, 2016 at 10:33
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    Change the permissions of the folder to give the normal user full access
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:34
  • Thanks again. I had to change the ownership of /media/magnus folder. It was owned by root:root. Now everything works. You may create an answer so that I can accept it. :) Mar 5, 2016 at 10:37
  • I will upvote this post in about 12hrs because I have ran out of votes today
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:45

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Open Pantheon files as an administrator. Then change the owner of the /media/magnus folder to the correct user. Now your user should have full access to mounted media.

  • I didn't need to change the owner of my home directory but the owner of the /media/magnus directory. Mar 5, 2016 at 10:42
  • Did you change the permissions?
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:43
  • No. I only needed to change ownership. Also, I edited the answer, so you don't have to do it yourself. It's not peer reviewed yet. Mar 5, 2016 at 10:46
  • I have accepted it.Now I have too imrpove the formatting of it
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:47
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    It would be VERY helpful to explain HOW to change the file owner. Not just say "change the file owner". Jul 27, 2019 at 14:44

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