View Full Version : [SOLVED] Do I need to unmount and remount a partition?

February 18th, 2010, 05:16 AM
I recently installed a dual-boot Ubuntu/XP setup. The last partition created on the hard disk, for files to be shared by both systems, is called "shared files". It does not show up under "Places". I used the disk utility and discovered that the two other ntfs partitions that do show up under "Places" are mounted at "/media/win". However, the "shared files" partition is shown to be mounted at "/windows".

When I first set the partitions, I believe I did not mount the other two partitions, and chose "/windows" for the "shared files" partition. [seemed logical but what do I know -- I'm new at this]

How do I get the "shared files" partition to show up under "Places"?
Do I need to unmount from "/windows"?
...if so, do I leave it unmounted, or remount under something else?
Will this require backing up the data?
What is the method?

February 18th, 2010, 05:52 AM
You probably just need to remount it under /media/, /media/windows or /media/storage being the mount point. If these mount points were created during the installation, you'll need to edit /etc/fstab, changing the mount points to your liking.

February 18th, 2010, 07:59 AM
I used terminal to type
sudo passwd root
entered a password
su root
entered password -- got to root@......
gedit /etc/fstab

I got into fstab and changed the mount point to "media/storage. Saved and rebooted. The partition shows up in "Places", but I get the following message..

Unable to mount Shared Files
Error mounting: mount exited with edit code 1:helper
failed with:
mount: only root can mount /dev/sda10 on media/storage

Don't know what that means or what to do next.

Also, I type "exit" in the terminal before closing, otherwise my hard disk light will go on for over 10 minutes and if I try to close I will get a message box telling me there is a process running. What process would take that long?

February 18th, 2010, 03:57 PM
It doesn't look like you don't know what you are doing, yet you should probably post the contents of your fstab for review.

February 18th, 2010, 06:22 PM
You are correct. I installed a test drive disk a few weeks ago. I decided I liked it and started a dual-boot system from scratch last weekend. Most things are working and I hope that there are only a few tweaks left to smooth out the system. Thanks for your help so far.

Here's the fstab text

# /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 defaults 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda8 during installation
UUID=ee93e28c-67d2-421b-bd78-f0dbecd7d55a / ext4
errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /boot was on /dev/sda7 during installation
UUID=a5f3fc08-7741-41d9-b968-f8626ace53e9 /boot ext4
defaults 0 2
# /home was on /dev/sda9 during installation
UUID=5ae9c856-589f-4351-831a-7ea4862d724c /home ext4
defaults 0 2
# /windows was on /dev/sda10 during installation
UUID=FC104AFD104ABF00 /media/storage ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 0
/dev/sda6 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

February 20th, 2010, 06:58 PM
Any response?

February 20th, 2010, 07:06 PM
There's only one more piece of information that's missing:

Please post the output of the following command:

Open Terminal
Type sudo blkid -c /dev/null

February 20th, 2010, 09:33 PM
Sorry if i'm missng something, but: can you see the content of your "shared" particion? (regardless its appearence in the Places menu). If you can browse it, you can simply add it to the Places menu. When you're in that partition, go to Bookmarks (in the file browser's menu) --> add bookmark, or press Ctrl+D. Either way you'll have it added as a new bookmark and it will appear in the Places menu.
Regarding the partition management, I use disk manager, an application that lets you configure your partitions, their mountpoints, driver, etc. It can be downloaded from http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?disk-manager. Click "intrepidW, then go to the bottom of the page, click "all" under architecture, and select any location to download it from. Then install the package and execute it from system-->administration-->disk manager.
Hope you find this useful...

February 24th, 2010, 06:58 PM
I found my shared partition. Earlier, i was looking in "Places" and in "Disk Utility. I looked again last night (been out of town for a few days) in the file system and found it, then placed an icon in the panel for easy access.

Guess its part of the learning process. thanks for all your responses.