Hello! I'm relatively new to LMDE, years ago I was a debian user (never a power user), and after a brief but frustrating stint with Amazon/Ubuntu, I have been quite happy to find LMDE. On the linux noob scale I'd say I'm about a 4. I'm not afraid of command line, and I'm not afraid to try and break things, but most commands I have to look up. Thank you oh great google.
I'm having a rather unique dificulty though.
I just installed mint on a lenovo X130e, and it is having problems unmounting external devices.
Anything I plug in mounts just fine, but with different devices, unmounting is widely varied:
FAT 32 formatted USB drive - mounts and unmounts without a hiccup
Tethering my android phone with SD card - mounts as two volumes, I can read and write, but when I try to eject it, it briefly flashes an error message about being unable to unmount as device is in use, then it unmounts it and flashes an error "could not mount device sd__" when I unplugged my phone, it initially could not find the sd card, I was worried for a moment (see below) but luckily a restart of the phone fixed it
External hard drive. here is the real problem. No matter how the drive is formatted (FAT included), and no matter which program did the formatting the following happens:
I plug it in, and it mounts just fine. I can copy files to it, read from it, no problems. When I try to eject it, it disappears from the list, and flashes the "could not mount device" error. When I plug it back in, it wont mount. when I plug it into another computer, it wont mount. I have to reformat it on another computer (for some reason gparted wont work to do this) and then it's back to normal. I can use it between other desktops with windows or osx or ubuntu just fine.
If i plug it into my laptop, wash rinse an repeat the steps above.
It seems to me that the laptop is borking something in the unmount process, and but why only with the external? and why as well with my phone, but then my phone "fixes" it?
any insight is appreciated, as I would love to take my external with me instead of relying on a fleet of thumbdrives when I travel.