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    Cant find my harddisk partition

    Hi, i am totally new to ubuntu. When i was Installing Ubuntu I completely destroyed all the previous windows partitions and made some new ones. i allocated 10 GB to root, 10 GB to home , 512 MB as swap memory. I partioned around 60 GB as FAT, but it does not appear in My computer as it would in Windows.

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    Re: Cant find my harddisk partition

    Look in the upper left menu in PLaces>Removable Media: look for your fat32 there.

    AND did you mean to completely lose your Windose partitions?

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    Re: Cant find my harddisk partition

    Just to be sure the partition was created correctly, open a terminal and enter
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    This will list the partititions and their filesystems. Your 60GB FAT should be listed in the output.

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    Re: Cant find my harddisk partition

    Yes its listed. But how do i access it?

    Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xfe54fe54

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 63 498688 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sda2 63 9730 77649921 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 63 1279 9764864 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 1279 2494 9764864 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 2494 9730 58118144 b W95 FAT32

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    Re: Cant find my harddisk partition

    Let's first try to manually mount the partition

    First, create the mount point by creating a directory where you'd like to access the partition. (In my example, I will be accessing the partition from /media/FAT)

    Code:
    sudo mkdir /media/FAT
    Next, mount the partition to the mount point
    Code:
    sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sda7 /media/FAT
    The partition should now be accessible through /media/FAT


    To have the drive accessible on startup, it will need to be added to the /etc/fstab file. More on this after you can manually access your partition.

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    Re: Cant find my harddisk partition

    Ok i Got that. I can Access Fat through /media.
    Now the next part?

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    Re: Cant find my harddisk partition

    Open the /etc/fstab for editing:
    Code:
    gksu gedit /etc/fstab
    Check to see if the partition is listed in file (if it is, it should be automatically mounting at startup)

    Assuming it's not in the file, add the line
    Code:
    /dev/sda7 /media/FAT vfat defaults,user,exec,uid=1000,gid=100,umask=000 0 0
    to the file.

    Save the file, and issue
    Code:
    sudo mount -a
    to mount all the partitions in your fstab

    More information can be found in the community documentation

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    Re: Cant find my harddisk partition

    theres some thing about sda7: should i delete it and replace it withthe code you gave?

    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
    # for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
    # devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
    proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
    /dev/sda5 / ext3 errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # /home was on /dev/sda6 during installation
    UUID=d5f2ad50-1a90-4e64-a03a-53c3fa869a23 /home ext3 defaults 0 2
    /dev/sda7 /windows vfat utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1
    # swap was on /dev/sda1 during installation
    UUID=f6f25d2c-ed12-4637-bf4e-736a0f8c1b12 none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

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    Re: Cant find my harddisk partition

    Before replacing the entry, make a backup of the current fstab (just in case things don't work out as planned)

    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.backup
    Once you have backed up your fstab, you can safely replace the existing line with the suggested line above (originally from the community documentation).

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    Re: Cant find my harddisk partition

    Hey thanks. it worked fine.

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