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October 29th, 2011, 11:09 PM
Good day to one and all.

I have searched for the answer but must be using the wrong terminology or something because I haven't found anything to help me.

Would someone please tell me how I can mount a 'data' partition on my HD, preferably as soon as possible, when I boot into my 10.04 system?

Thanks very much for any help!

All the best,


October 29th, 2011, 11:25 PM
If you add an entry for it to the file /etc/fstab (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Fstab), it'll be automatically mounted on boot.

October 29th, 2011, 11:33 PM
Thank you Paqman for your assistance.
I'm sorry but don't understand how to "add an entry". Would you be good enough to explain?

dad@dad-laptop:~$ df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda4 20209928 12682232 6501088 67% /
none 1526752 296 1526456 1% /dev
none 1530996 168 1530828 1% /dev/shm
none 1530996 300 1530696 1% /var/run
none 1530996 0 1530996 0% /var/lock
none 1530996 0 1530996 0% /lib/init/rw
/dev/sda5 232870200 85742564 147127636 37% /media/DATA
/dev/sda2 43807484 30613292 13194192 70% /media/OS

/dev/sda5 is the partition I'd like to boot.

October 30th, 2011, 12:07 AM
look at the file /etc/fstab and copy the format there to mount a partition

you will need to be root to edit it

This guide explains it

October 30th, 2011, 12:07 AM
If you open the file /etc/fstab you'll see that it has lines for your existing partition(s). They're in the format:

(Partition blkid) (mount point) (filesystem) (options)

You don't have to use the blkid, and you can mount it wherever you like, so you could add a line that read:

/dev/sda5 /mount/point ext4 defaults 0 0

(Assuming it's an EXT4 partition)

You could use a blkid instead of /dev/sda5, to find out that partition's blkid, do:

sudo blkid

To modify the file you'll need to open it as root:

gksudo gedit /etc/fstab

I would advise making a backup of this file before editing it. After making any changes do:

sudo mount -a
If it doesn't spit out any errors you've done it right and it will mount itself automatically next boot.

There's tons more info on the page I linked to above, but that's the guts of it.

October 30th, 2011, 01:10 AM
A thousand thanks Paqman. Have a good weekend. :)