Good morning, I was trying to fix a friends laptop last night and it needed drivers to get on the net(windows, go figure) so I plugged in my thumb drive and it didn't mount, so I googled, and I searched and after getting past all the stuff about running ubuntu from a thumb drive, I learned about editing fstab and that's great, and after about half an hour I finally got it mounted but could only copy the files as root, and in terminal it was giving me errors.

ok, now you know my life story, so here goes

how would I go about adding the thumb drive as a user?

it's a lexar 2Gig if that helps