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Installed Mint 17 on new build. Have SSD and HDD. It appears that OS wants to save everything to SSD and I can't save pictures, documents etc. to the HDD (which is a lot larger than SSD and was my intent to use it for file/picture storage). Any idea how to get access to HDD? It shows up on Desktop when I open "Computer" icon but both SSD and HDD say can't mount either of these drives.
You need to have a mount point and you need to set the user:group and permissions correctly. If it is like Ubuntu which it is derived from, start by checking the permissions and owner:group on the partition on the external drive. How are you trying to mount the partitions? What filesystem do you have on the partition(s)? If it is a windows ntfs partition, the link below should help. If not, you need to post more information on what it is and what you have tried and what the results were.
If you are not sure how your system is seeing the drive, you can run the dmesg command and parse the output. Dmesg produces a lot of output. You might want to pipe the results to a file and then examine the file in a text editor.
[CODE]dmesg > somefile.txt
If dmesg doesn't seem to help, see this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7107000/list-all-harddrives-in-a-linux-system