Oi. My Ubuntu 18 suddenly give permission error mounting USB/M2/SATA Enclosure

This… is one of the most weird error I have seen in a while.

So I got this SATA M.2 enclosure hoping to reap the sweet sweet fast copy of a M.2 stick since I upgraded my laptop M.2.

The weird thing is… on this ONE particular Ubuntu 18.04 computer, for the love of !*()#_@!_ I could not mount the USB drive no matter what I try. It (NTFS) mounts fine on my other Ubuntu 18.04 PC, fine on PC laptop etc.

On this problematic computer, i get the error like: “Unable to mount volume Not Authorized to perform operation” when I already have sudo privilege. I initially thought it would be a driver issue but this cannot be as the other ubuntu OLDER actually mounts fine…

I reinstalled NTFS 3G and it made no differences.

Many many search of the error lead to this: https://askubuntu.com/a/1207432

In Ubuntu 18, this error is caused by Chrome Remote Desktop. FREAKING Chrome Remote Desktop manages to block my USB mounting? W.T.F…

The solution is:

  1. Stop the Chrome Remote Desktop Service/opt/google/chrome-remote-desktop/chrome-remote-desktop --stop

Mount the drive.

Then restart the service etc.

Expect to do this every time you restart… W.T.H.

Luckily I am not going to be using this particular USB device many times… Weird as heck bug tbh.

PS: this apparently is COMMON.

Related posts from online:

https://askubuntu.com/questions/1191603/unable-to-access-external-drives

https://askubuntu.com/questions/1196248/automount-when-clicking-on-disks-in-gui-file-manager-suddenly-stopped-working-in