After I've installed Kubuntu 13.10 Saucy (was on 13.04 Raring) my extra HDD's simply don't want to mount.
If I try manually mounting them, I get an error message:
missing codepage or helper program, or other error...
This led me to a "known" kernel bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...7?comments=all
So the x-gvfs-show mount option should be turned off (until such time as its dependencies are updated). And it works! ...
... well ... sort of. Only if you don't use the disc label as the mount point. The sdb# / sdc# ... method works fine, haven't tested the id mounts as these are even more problematic due to my setup - let me explain.
You see, I've got around 6 HDD's inside my PC (in addition to the SSD which hold the OS(s)). Sometimes I upgrade the HDDs to larger discs by copying the data to the new disc, then removing the old one and renaming the new one with the same label. Then I have the same mount point (/mnt/<Partition Label>) for the new disc as it was for the old (superseded) disc. This in turn means all my various symlinks work without modification (and I've got many of those and would be highly inefficient to edit each to refer to a new mount point). I.e. rename the new disc so it "impersonates" the old one which is now obsolete, making all other settings work without issue or need of modifications. If I used the id (as per gnome-disks's default mount point setting) or even the sdb# method, I tend to find that it changes every time I replace a disc - which in effect thus makes the whole idea of not having to edit any symlinks moot. So Label mounting is a necessity for me.
However, when I set the auto mount point to use the Label method, I get a further error just before the login screen at boot time: I'm told (once for each of these discs) that it's not ready and cannot be mounted at this time. Then I'm given the option to Skip / Manual recovery, neither allows me to mount at this time. So it's a situation of S, S, S, S, S, S ... type password, no discs available except the root SSD.
But then: after logging in I can manually mount these discs no problem. I can probably automate this process through a login script, but why should this happen now? It was working fine in 13.04. And further: unfortunately though, it then sets the mount point to /mnt/<username>/<Partition Label> ... which obviously then voids all my symlinks.