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File ownership problem using removeable media




I use USB drives to transfer files between systems (sneakernet).
All systems have only one user(richard). It was created during installation.

The drives are either ext2 or ext4 formatted.
All files were in /user/richard on source machine

They _often_ [but not always] are seen as owned by 'root', not 'richard', by the destination system.

Why? I assume it is me in some manner.

What do I have to do to guarantee absolutely that any file/directory from /home/richard is seen by destination system as owned by 'richard'?

What should I have read?

TIA