I have been using an old WD 80GB external USB harddrive for 5 years now.
When I plug it in the first time after reboot it auto mounts, shows up on the desktop., etc. If I now safely remove, then replug it, won't show up. Manually mounting it works. It is formatted as FAT32 (bought it this way) and mounts as VFAT.
I just got a new 320GB seagate. When I plugged it for the first time it did not show up. I tried to mount manually and found out its an NTFS drive, mounts readonly.
I went ahead and reformatted it as ext3 (first redid its partition table using fdisk, one big Linux partition) This worked beautifully: i now can mount, umount, write files to it, etc. However, it still won't mount automatically.
What service is PCLOS is responsible for auto mounting? is it autofs? udev? why won't it auto mount, why doesn't the old drive auto remounts after the first time?
I poked around a bit and writing an automounter as a bash script does not seem complicated. However, before reinventing the wheel, I think I should attempt to fix the broken one I probably have