I have a small problem with auto-mounting USB drives on Linux Mint 9 Xfce. I did a lot of forum searching, and this doesn't seem to be an uncommon problem. Unfortunately, I couldn't seem to find a reliable solution. More specifically, this might be an issue with Thunar, as the USB-drive itself is recognized (say by "Gigolo" or "system menu -> storage media") and can be mounted manually, but Thunar will not display the drive.
So in an attempt to fix this, I installed the package "usbmount" (see details here
This was successful (in parts), as USB drives are now being auto-mounted and Thunar recognizes and displays them. However, when trying to manually unmount them via r-click in Thunar, I get a message saying that this can't be done, possibly because mounting was done via command line. "Remove safely" in the storage media menu didn't work either, but at least the unmount button there worked.
So now I'm a bit at a loss when it comes to removing USB drives safely. While the package description says un-mounting is done automatically on removal, I'm not exactly sure whether this means safe removal.
As you can probably tell from this post, I don't work with Linux very regularly. In case someone happens to have an idea, please keep in mind that I'm still making my first steps here.