The fact that either info is way outdated or misleading

Zorin communities push me to ubuntu communities and I can't get a straight answer. All I want to do is gain my rightfully due permissions to use external drives. If thisis not possible via zorin or ubuntu then I am lost. Even if I want to move to a diff dist I can't as my externals are apparently not mine.

Hi, and welcome. I believe it's a case of using fstab. Ironically I have never had to do this.