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July 21st, 2009, 09:48 AM
Hello everyone. Can someone tell me how to mount an ext3 drive?

Sorry if this seems like a very bad language.

please help me please

July 21st, 2009, 11:11 AM
From the command line do

sudo mkdir /mnt/disk
sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/[sdc1] /mnt/disk

You have to create the directory where the disk will be mounted (mount point), then use the mount command to put it there. To find out which /dev directory is the right drive, plug in the drive (assuming this is a USB drive?), then do


and look at the end of the output for where a drive got plugged in (it will say something like "/dev/sdc"). In the mount command you use 'sdc1' (assuming that it is called sdc) to mount the primary partition of the drive.

Details can be found through Google or by doing

man mount

July 21st, 2009, 11:16 AM
By the way, if you are working in Ubuntu with a GUI, your device *should* be showing up in the "Places" menu and you should be able to just click on it to mount.

August 1st, 2009, 01:13 PM
Please forgive my newby question on this topic, but here it is:

I have Xubuntu installed and have added a second harddrive of 300 GB in the machine. (ext3)

It works to mount the drive, using the SUDO command that is mentioned in this thread.

However, when I shut down the computer, and restart it, then the connection is gone, and I have to do the mounting all over again.

Is there a way to permanently mount my second hard drive?

August 1st, 2009, 01:49 PM
You could set that command to run on startup.

Malta paul
August 1st, 2009, 01:51 PM
Yes you can mount your HD at startup.
1) sudo mkdir /media/>any name<
2) sudo fdisk -l > to find the name of your 300GB dsk>
3) sudo gedit /etc/pmount.allow >add the name found in (2)< and save file.
4) sudo gedit /etc/fstab >to add to fstab (5) < and save.
5) /dev/>name< /media/>name in (1) ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 0
6) sudo mount -a
7) reboot computer


Malta paul
August 1st, 2009, 02:46 PM
You will find that these link instructions are better explained than mine:


August 1st, 2009, 03:48 PM
Thanks !!!

Very helpful, and it works (of course)

A small step closer to understanding Xubuntu, thanks to you guys