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    Links to ntfs drive don't work after boot until I access drive through file manager

    I am a long time windows user but Linux novice - however have turned my old Xp family PC into a dual boot xububtu12.04/xp machine. As we still need to boot into Xp (to use MS office) fairly regularly I have imported Outlook data into Thunderbird on the Xp side & set it to operate off the same profile in Xubuntu. This is where my problem cropped up.
    Thunderbird cannot find the the ntfs profile data after booting in Xubuntu, However after I access the ntfs disk through file manager, Thunderbird works fine. After spending considerable time tweaking & researching Thunderbird setup I realized that this affects any link to a file or folder on the ntfs partition (e.g. a shortcut to my old my documents folder).
    I note that in Xubuntu file manager the ntfs drive has a little eject button like it is a removable drive, I don't know if that's normal or if its due to my setup. Either way I'm looking for the best way to resolve the problem (without restarting from scratch!)
    The machine is an old (10yr+) Dell dimension 4400 & Xp & Xubuntu are on two separate internal IDE hard drives. Oh, and (just to complicate matters) the Xubuntu install is in Japanese.

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    Re: Links to ntfs drive don't work after boot until I access drive through file mana

    mayoman; Hi ! Welcome to the forum.

    Off the top of my head, I would say your ntfs partition is not mounted in /etc/fstab. As usage and access is personal on ntfs, let me point you to some tutorials:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=283131
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Fstab

    HOWTO: Mount NTFS partitions with specific ownership/permissions
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1604251
    hth ->any further questions -> ask <==BDQ

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    Re: Links to ntfs drive don't work after boot until I access drive through file mana

    Yep, at the moment the NTFS drive gets mounted only when you try to access it for the first time in the file manager. Before that, it's just nowhere in the file tree so symlinks will not work.

    You can use fstab to mount it at boot. More simply, you can trigger the automatic mounting at login just as if you had clicked the drive. First find the device corresponding to your NTFS partition.
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    The drive will begin with /dev/sd# and will be of type NTFS/HPFS.

    Next add this command to your startup applications:
    Code:
    gvfs-mount -d /dev/<yourdrive>
    That's it!
    One warning: this command will mount the drive in /media. If you upgrade to 12.10, it will be put in /media/<user> instead so you will have to recreate your symlinks.

    Cheers!
    Last edited by LewisTM; October 19th, 2012 at 09:52 PM.
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    Re: Links to ntfs drive don't work after boot until I access drive through file mana

    Sounds like the ntfs partition isn't automatically mounting at boot. Have you noticed if the little eject symbol is there imediately after boot up? The symbol, by the way, is quite normal, but I believe it indicates something that is not mounted at boot. If it is not there at boot, then this is surely the case.

    Anyway, have a look at this

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mo...dowsPartitions
    Note that when you see this command, you will most likely need to subsitute the xubuntu editor for gedit, and probably just "sudo" for "gksudo"
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/fstab
    I got that article from a link on this one, which is what my search in the ubuntu document turned up (and what I was looking for).

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Au...ountPartitions

    hope that helps.
    Michael

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    Re: Links to ntfs drive don't work after boot until I access drive through file mana

    @ LewisTM;
    That is one of the reasons I am so avid for this forum - Learn something alla the time.

    still learning even after all these years ==> BDQ

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    Re: Links to ntfs drive don't work after boot until I access drive through file mana

    Thank you, it was a partition mount issue ok.
    Put following command into startup applications & links all now working first time.
    gvfs-mount -d /dev/sda1

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