makem2 wrote:HDD1 and HDD2 are present too but are empty. HDD1_ and HDD2_ contain the data.
what you tell, sounds to me like,
1. the automount is enabled and your ext4 filesystems have labels (HDD1 and HDD2) and you created the folders /media/HDD1 and /media/HDD2 by hand and you added these mountpoints in the fstab. so the automount wants to mount the filesystem by their label, but can not autocreate the folder, because the filder is already there and uses an alternative folder.
2. the ext4 filesystems do not have a label and automount is not enabled or do not take affect, because you created the folders already by hand, but you created the folders under an unproper user/group, so the mount process is using an alternative folder.
when you type in
will your harddrives are shown with LABEL=... oder is is shown with UUID=... - means, does it have a label or only an uuid?
only to clarify, if your filesystems have only uuid or also have a label.
does the folder /media and your handmade subfolder /media/HDD1 and /media/HDD2 have root
as user and group?
if not, try change the user and group to root.
in case automount is enabled, what happends, when you remove the mount entries in the fstab and also remove the empty HDD1 and HDD2 folders and boot the system again or sudo mount -a...
when it creates the folders /media/HDD1 and HDD2 or instead of HDD1/HDD2 folders with their UUID?
if yes, then keep the fstab free of handmade mount options for these hdd drvices and let the automount do its job. in case only the uuid is used as foldername, give the filesystems a label with e2label, then automount should use the label as foldername.
thats only my