Mounting USB key in Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10, the usefree error

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu Feisty 7.04 to Gutsy 7.10.

The upgrade went reasonably well with no serious breakage worth mentioning … except my FAT formatted USB key would no longer mount. It kept giving an error about not liking the mount option usefree.

Here is the fix, from the Ubuntu forums:

Go into gconf-editor and navigate to /system/storage/default_options/vfat/mount_options

Remove the “usefree” option from the list.

Exit gconf-editor, and try hotplugging your drive again.

Your USB key should mount as expected now.

Cheers to Dan Lenski and Dow Franklin Dudley for providing this fix !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *