View Full Version : How to automatically mount a partition at a particular point

July 8th, 2009, 04:31 AM

I am a newbie in terms of knowledge in Linux. I had some problem regarding mounting the partitions when the system is restarted.

# df -hT
Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda8 ext3 26G 11G 14G 46% /
/dev/sda6 ext3 99M 12M 83M 13% /boot
tmpfs tmpfs 506M 48K 506M 1% /dev/shm
fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon 26G 11G 14G 46% /root/.gvfs
/dev/sda1 fuseblk 40G 15G 25G 37% /media/disk
/dev/sda5 ext3 9.7G 2.7G 7.0G 28% /media/disk-1Actually the partition /dev/sda5 was a NTFS. Because of space constraints I have formatted and made it as EXT3. The path for this partition according to above information is "/media/disk-1".

Sometimes when I restart the server the path gets changed into "/media/disk" as a result I am facing some problems. I came to know that we have to change it in "/etc/fstab"

But I really dont know how to do that ...

Can anyone help me in "How to automatically mount a partition at a particular location everytime when the server gets restarted".

$ cat /etc/fstab
UUID=870366ad-d6fb-4b95-9e38-ccf884ba94fc / ext3 defaults 1 1
UUID=4ce91995-8ff7-45f4-8d4f-d6fe28d4f9bc /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
UUID=ca924ce7-db9d-492e-bc78-b46d928b0d2d swap swap defaults 0 0

July 8th, 2009, 12:11 PM
You need to:
- choose (and possibly create) a mountpoint, something like this:

sudo mkdir /media/mypartition(change the 'mypartition' to something sensible)

- add an entry in /etc/fstab, something like this:

/dev/sda5 /media/mypartition ext3 defaults 1 2(change the 'mypartition' to what you used as the mountpoint above)

To test it, try this:

sudo umount /dev/sda5
sudo mount -a

See the man pages for details:

man fstab
man mount

Hope this helps

July 9th, 2009, 08:51 AM
That really worked without any problems ...... Thank you

July 9th, 2009, 08:59 AM
That really worked without any problems ...... Thank you

You don't have to make your mount point in /media. if you want it just for your eyes you can do /home/user/mypartition. Just a little FYI.

July 9th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the reply