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Thread: USB Drives

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    Question USB Drives

    I have 2 USB NTFS drives that mount and work perfectly.

    One mounts at /media/FreeAgentDrive and the other at
    /media/FreeAgentDrive_

    The order they are connected I believe is what decides what the mount point is. So if they are brought online in a different order they would have the opposite names.

    I would like them to have unique names and always mount in the same location regardless of how and when they are brought online.

    Is this possible?

    I tried using Palimsest, but it cannot change anything all is greyed out.

    Thanx

    Julian

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    Re: USB Drives

    possibly launch palimsest from your terminal as root?

    I have never used the program but presumably it runs from the terminal when the program name is typed in. So try sudo palimsest

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    Re: USB Drives

    Try unmounting the partitions before using Palimpsest.

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    Re: USB Drives

    You may want to give unique names to each of those two drives. For example I have a 160GB hard drive that I named 160GB (very original ), and one that I names Lexar. That way regardless of which one I plug in my system, I know which one I'm working with. Hope this helps.

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    Re: USB Drives

    I believe gparted would allow you to change the drives designation. Can be install via synaptic or apt-get.
    It's okay, I'm a limo driver

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    Re: USB Drives

    By the way, if Palimpsest won't let you Label the partitions try here...

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RenameUSBDrive

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    Re: USB Drives

    so I was just trying the utility and I get no useful options either regardless of running the program as root or whether the file ystem is mounted.

    You can use labels for the devices...the are a number of tutorials for that.

    http://blog.bodhizazen.net/linux/und...b-pdf-version/

    Not sure how you generate the menuentry for grub2...possibly the option is specified in /etc/default/grub...sorry I have tried technique.
    Last edited by spiderbatdad; February 13th, 2010 at 03:48 AM.

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    Re: USB Drives

    The simplest solution is to use 'ntfslabel' to change the labels of the drives. I'm not sure if it's included in Ubuntu by default - it's in the 'ntfsprogs' package.

    Unmount the ntfs drives first, then
    Code:
    sudo ntfslabel /dev/<device> <new label>
    to change the label of /dev/<device> to <new label>.

    The partition should then mount automatically in /media/<new label> when the USB drive is plugged in. As long as the 2 labels are unique, there shouldn't be any confusion.

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