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    Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    After using Storage Device Manager my disks do not automatically mount anymore. One doesn't mount at all. I have tried to uncheck the read-only box in Storage Device Manager and to check a few other boxes but none of the changes I make "stick." Even after hitting apply. Any ideas what could be going wrong?

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    Re: Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    Using storage device manager is not always a good idea. You first may want to remove the lines from the config file /etc/fstab that storage device manager has put there. Post here the output of the terminal command
    Code:
    cat /etc/fstab
    and we will be able to tell you what lines to remove again.

    Please also tell what Ubuntu version you are using.

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    Re: Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    Thank you for your prompt response,

    fstab:
    proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
    UUID=1906c9d3-d4f1-4ba7-a353-697c31aa43f4 / ext3 defaults 0 1
    UUID=4a8d37a5-cac4-441b-b632-1512ac4b4dfb none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    /dev/sdb2 /media/Torrent ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    /dev/sdc2 /media/Linux ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    /dev/sda4 /media/FilesPrime ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 vfat defaults 0 0
    /dev/sdc1 /media/sdc1 ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0


    version:
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    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
    Release: 12.04
    Codename: precise

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    Re: Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    Quote Originally Posted by TaiwanTom View Post
    Thank you for your prompt response,

    fstab:
    proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
    UUID=1906c9d3-d4f1-4ba7-a353-697c31aa43f4 / ext3 defaults 0 1
    UUID=4a8d37a5-cac4-441b-b632-1512ac4b4dfb none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    /dev/sdb2 /media/Torrent ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    /dev/sdc2 /media/Linux ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    /dev/sda4 /media/FilesPrime ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 vfat defaults 0 0
    /dev/sdc1 /media/sdc1 ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    Hi there,

    You may want to wait for more expert opinions before acting, but heres my response: when mounting partitions using the /dev/sdx these can shift around and change, especially if they are attached to external drives which you take off/on. I would suggest trying the following:
    1) backup your fstab
    $ cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak
    2) delete the following lines:
    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    /dev/sdb2 /media/Torrent ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    /dev/sdc2 /media/Linux ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    /dev/sda4 /media/FilesPrime ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 vfat defaults 0 0
    /dev/sdc1 /media/sdc1 ntfs nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=000,user 0 0
    3) restart
    4) After restart, look at blkid
    $ blkid
    Are your (unmounted) partitions visable in blkid? If so you can go ahead and mount them manually (or re-config fstab to mount them at-start up).

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    Re: Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    [1] Never use Storage Device Manager ( pySDM ) again as long as you live.
    This will be an easy promise to keep since it has been completely removed from the Ubuntu repositories from 12.10 and beyond.

    [2] To piggyback on MidnightGrey's post you might want to post the output of the following command so people here can clean things up:
    Code:
    sudo blkid -c /dev/null
    You have too many partitions to have them identified as /dev/sdxy as MidnightGrey mentioned. They should be designated by UUID instead which the command above will list for you. This isn't really your fault its pySDM which was written some time during the Eisenhower administration and not maintained since.

    [3] There are templates you can use for ntfs and fat32 internal partitions, something like these:
    UUID=DA9056C19056A3B3 /media/D_Drive ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,umask=000,uid=1000,windows_names 0 0
    UUID=C4DB-C1B0 /media/E_Drive vfat defaults,utf8,umask=000,uid=1000 0 2
    Last edited by Morbius1; June 3rd, 2013 at 12:20 PM.

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    Re: Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    Thanks a lot everyone, That seems to have done the trick. I didnt get the "couldn't mount press 's' to skip mounting or..." message at boot up, and all drives are now mountable, but only manually.

    Only one disk is external, and it is never removed. The other two are internal. How should I solve this? Further edits to fstab?

    tom@Death-star:/$ sudo blkid -c /dev/null
    /dev/sda1: LABEL="Windows" UUID="C4808E6A808E6332" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/sda2: UUID="1906c9d3-d4f1-4ba7-a353-697c31aa43f4" TYPE="ext3"
    /dev/sda4: LABEL="Files Prime" UUID="5874C4B574C496E2" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/sda5: UUID="4a8d37a5-cac4-441b-b632-1512ac4b4dfb" TYPE="swap"
    /dev/sdb1: LABEL="EFI" UUID="70D6-1701" TYPE="vfat"
    /dev/sdb2: LABEL="Torrent" UUID="1CDD-5D19" TYPE="exfat"
    /dev/sdc1: LABEL="Movies" UUID="BCD8585CD858174C" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/sdc2: LABEL="Backup" UUID="1CE846D5E846ACB8" TYPE="ntfs"

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    Re: Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    to mount a ntfs partion, add this line to your /etc/fstab:
    Code:
    UUID=C4808E6A808E6332 /media/Windows ntfs auto,user,exec,rw,windows_names 0 0
    do this for each of your NTFS partitions, make sure to match the UUIDS.

    I am not familiar with the exFAT (is that a SSD?), but the same code should work, if not, then just remove the line in fstab later.
    Code:
    UUID=1CDD-5D19 /media/Torrent exfat auto,user,exec,rw,windows_names 0 0
    Lastly, your vfat i think is Your Windows Boot Loader. If so you should just leave it out and dont touch it if you want to ever go back into windows again.
    You can also do this to lock yourself out from mounting it:
    Code:
    UUID=70D6-1701 /media/efi nouser,ro,noexec 0 0
    Last edited by MidnightGrey; June 3rd, 2013 at 04:32 PM.

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    Re: Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    Thanks MidnightGrey,
    From what I read things can be tricky when using FUSE to mount exfat volumes. Is it possible to set it to auto-mount?

    That's an important one, because I have multiple applications that launch at start-up that need to refer to it.

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    Re: Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    Hey sorry i did some ninja edits you may not have seen, does that answer your question?

    Also i am not an expert with exfat at all, so take my advice lightly.

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    Re: Hard Disks not mounting after using Storage Device Manager

    That helps, thanks again.

    I remember looking at that 200 MB partition and wondering what it was there for.

    exfat is a strange format, and I'm not sure why I formatted this way. This disk, a long time ago was the boot drive for another machine, but now its just an external. My current boot drive is one of the internals. So the boot loader on my vfat volume shouldn't be important right?

    Is there a way to do away with it without reformatting the whole disk?

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