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accessing external files in 64 bit 11.2

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http://forums.opensuse.org – I have installed the 64 bit version of 11.2 and now cannot access external hard drives or flash drives. When I plug in a flash drive, the recently mounted devices icon recognizes it, but when I try to access it in Dolphin I get an error that says unknown file system vfat. When I plug in an external hard drive (with my backup files from 32 bit 11.1), Dolphin says I have to access as root. When I do, I get an error message that is incomplete. Another external hard drive, in ntfs format, also requires root privileges, but then I get a message that says an error was encountered mounting ext2. However, the system is dual boot and I have no trouble accessing the Windows partition. Anybody got any ideas? (Distributions)