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# external usb hard drive
/dev/sdb1 /mnt/usbdrive ntfs defaults,user 0 0
I included the "user" option specifically so that I would be able to access the device without the root account. When I mount it as root, it works great and I am able to access all the files.
However, my problem is that although it lets me mount as a normal user, the owner and group of the /mnt/usbdrive both remain root. Now I'm not quite sure how this works, but I figured that these would automatically be set depending on who was mounting the device. What's worst, even if I do change the ownership and group while the device is unmounted, it is automatically set back to root as soon as I mount again! What's going on?