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June 7th, 2009, 11:32 AM

I have two hard drives in my PC - I'm trying to mount the fat 32 partition (/dev/sdb2) - could someone please advise how I can do this?


June 7th, 2009, 12:44 PM
Well I only know how to make the mount perminent. Which involves editing the fstab file. If your interested then follow these intrutions.

First you must find out the UUID for the partition.
Copy this in a terminal.

ls /dev/disk/by-uuid -lah
Find the one for sdb2. You will need this information later.

Then you need to create a folder for the partition. Most people put it in /media/

Then open up the fstab file. You'll need root permission for this. Copy this in a terminal.

sudo gedit /etc/fstab
Somthing like this should come up on your editer.

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# /dev/sdb8
UUID=d2a3f178-ce47-4107-841e-289cb09a2a40 / jfs relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /dev/sdb6
UUID=f21d0595-77b0-4775-95aa-f03abc16b932 /boot ext3 noatime,nodiratime,data=journal,commit=600 0 2
# /dev/sdb5
UUID=b08c28b3-327d-4742-be6c-569fe001e34f /home jfs relatime 0 2
# /dev/sdb7
UUID=2a74c6fb-794c-474b-a248-396cfb22c93d /var jfs relatime 0 2
# /dev/sda1
UUID=F8F48DC4F48D861A /media/sda1-Documents ntfs-3g noatime,nodiratime,auto,exec,nouser,rw,umask=002,g id=46,utf8 0 1
# /dev/sda2
UUID=64A0E067A0E04162 /media/sda2-Videos ntfs-3g noatime,nodiratime,auto,noexec,nouser,rw,umask=002 ,gid=46,utf8 0 1
# /dev/sda3
UUID=480E-A4E7 /media/sda3-FAT32-Pagefile vfat noatime,nodiratime,noauto,noexec,nouser,ro,utf8,um ask=007 0 1
# /dev/sda5
UUID=47E2-4F85 /media/sda5-FAT32 vfat noatime,nodiratime,auto,exec,nouser,rw,umask=000,g id=46,utf8 0 0
# /dev/sda6
UUID=082a30fa-ad16-4145-a099-8d4e55835507 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/dvdrom udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

So you need to add the information about the partition.

You see I have a fat32 partition mount at /media/sda5-fat32.
Just copy that it you want and replace my information with yours.
Like you would need to replace my UUID with what you got and change the mount point info with what you chosen.

If you want more info then in a terminal type
man fstab. It's very detailed.

Also here's a link for another quick guide.

June 7th, 2009, 12:47 PM
It looks like your drive works and is recognized already. The simplest solution may be to go in the Places menu and check if it's listed somewhere under "Computer" ; if it is, just click the entry.

If it's not, follow the previous poster's advice (fstab, mount, and others).