STEP BY STEP - Automount Partition or Disk
Alright, I'm seeing lots of posts about automounting with this disk or that partition, being able to establish access privileges on disks, and so on. This tutorial will explain to you step by step how to automount any partition or disk drive, to include external ones such as USB drives. This can be done with USB sticks too but I would not recommend doing so if the USB stick is not permanently attached to the machine. The following tutorial will cause your machine to automatically locate, mount, and provide full access privileges to a particular disk/partition after every restart. This will work on NTFS partitions too! You can not under any circumstances make a mistake ... if you do your disk may become inaccessible to you !!!
NOTE: This tutorial causes for the automounted disk/partition to vanish from your desktop by hiding it under File System i.e. /mnt permanently. As a result you may want to later use your Nautilus File Manager in order to set yourself some bookmarks to various portions of your automounted disk. If you already have bookmarks to particular areas of that disk right now, those will be lost and you'll have to set them up again, just once of course. Taking a screenshot of your current File Manager setup with its bookmarks might be a wise idea. That's what I did. Anyway, ready or not, here we go ....
First we're going to create the directory/folder where access to the automount partition will be provided. I gave my own partition a label which is Ubuntu-Spare. Having a label for a partition is definitely handy to have for easy recognition purposes. This can be done via START ... SYSTEM ... ADMINISTRATION ... DISK UTILITY. Consequently my command looked like this:
Then I needed to know what the UUID and other info. for the automount disk/partition is. Since I had no idea how to do this the easy way for individual partitions, I went ahead and used this command to show me all of the connected drives/partitions on my machine:
sudo mkdir /mnt/Ubuntu-Spare
Now go ahead and find the entire line that pertains to the disk/partition that you wish to permanently automount. If your disk has a label finding it is a no-brainer. Highlight and copy the entire line for that particular disk or partition and paste it into a text file for the time being (Start menu ... Accessories ... Gedit Text Editor). On my machine that line looked like this:
/dev/sda5: LABEL="Ubuntu-Spare" UUID="d897577c-187f-46b2-86a1-1f118f9a414a" TYPE="ext3"
SIDE NOTE: UUIDS for Windows are generally shorter and may look something like this: 924A26734A2653EF
(as opposed to d897577c-187f-46b2-86a1-1f118f9a414a)
Now we need to edit the fstab file correctly. This file tells the Operating System (Ubuntu) which drives/partitions to seek and mount during each startup process. To edit the fstab file we'll be using this command which will temporarily change the appearance of your terminal:
Use your arrow keys to scroll down to the bottom. Since the fstab file is critical to the system I like to add a little comment, to remind me of what I'm responsible for in case I need to access that file later on. This first line does not need to be added, it's just my preference (The pound symbol in the beginning is required):
sudo nano /etc/fstab
#Added line as a reminder that following automount command was added by myself!
Then I added the following line directly below my comment line. Making a spelling error or leaving something out here may have dire consequences! Your UUID number must be perfect - no quotation marks just like here - and your label must be spelled perfectly as well. Copy this exactly and then simply replace the 12345 UUID and label with your own:
UUID=1234numberofyourownautomountdiskgoeshere1234 /mnt/Ubuntu-Spare ext3 defaults 0 2
SIDE NOTE: Use your Windows label for an NTFS partition and replace the existing ext3 with ntfs instead if you copied from this tutorial for your Windows partition. If your Ubuntu automount partition happens to be ext2 or ext4 you'd obviously want to change that accordingly as well.
Now we're finished with the fstab file. Use the CTRL + X keys on your keyboard to save and quit the session. You'll be asked to verify that you want to do this. Verify by entering the capital letter Y for yes and the session should end automatically. If you were to type the sudo nano fstab command from above once more you'd be able to double-check that your entry was indeed saved.
Since we're now back in the terminal screen enter the following command, telling the machine i.e. Operating System to automount the added fstab partition:
If I recall correctly, for Windows based partitions there's nothing left to do ... you're finished. However, if you're automounting an Ubuntu partition and you wish to have full access privileges to that partition at all times, then you have to add one final terminal command which is this one here (obviously use your own user name and the correct path to your automount partition label:
This will take some time to complete since the entire automount disk/partition has to be indexed once. If you look at the hard disk light on your machine it should be pretty busy. If the automount partition is empty this should take no time at all. When the indexing is completely finished you should see something like the following in the terminal screen (where winriddance would be replaced by your user name):
sudo chown -R winriddance:winriddance /mnt/Ubuntu-spare
Go ahead and type EXIT in the terminal, followed by rebooting your computer. Afterwards go to START ... PLACES ... and click on COMPUTER in order to open up the Nautilus File Manager. Go to EDIT and then PREFERENCES to enable the single-click option under BEHAVIOR to save time. Now look for File System on the upper left side, and via this locate the mnt folder to view your automounted disk/partition upon opening up that mnt folder by clicking on it. To make bookmarks simply locate the desired folders within your automounted disk and create a bookmark when you see the contents of the opened folder in front of you. The bookmark will appear at the lower left and can be renamed, deleted, and so on without impacting the physical disk/partition itself that's located in the mnt folder.
Now you're done!
If you messed this up I cannot help you. It is critical that all of the above steps be followed perfectly and without any spelling mistakes or missing numbers in the UUID. Good luck and be totally proud of yourself for having accomplished this if you've never had to wrestle with a terminal screen before!
Last edited by WinRiddance; June 2nd, 2010 at 06:13 PM.
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