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Automount an NTFS Partition

August 14th, 2009 subogero 4 comments

As I have a Windows-Ubuntu side-by-side installation with a boot menu, I still store a lot of data on the NTFS partition. I know, I know…

Ubuntu endeavours to give satisfaction, so you can see all detected storage devices in the “Main Menu” under “Places”. Click your NTFS partition, and it’s mounted automatically to /media/disk/.

But if you want to access these files from another program before clicking it in “Places”, it does not work. So I googled “automount ntfs partition” and there it was.

I added the following line to “/etc/fstab”:

# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>                <dump>  <pass>
/dev/sda1       /media/disk     ntfs    users,defaults,umask=000 0       0

I rebooted. I did not work. It took me a few days until I realised one cannot mount something in a non-existent directory. When you click your NTFS partition in “Places”, Ubuntu not only mounts it, but creates the mount-point directory “/media/disk” first. But just adding something to “/etc/fstab” does not create directories. People would talk. Eyebrows would be raised.

After a

sudo mkdir /media/disk

and a reboot it worked perfectly.

This must be ridiculously obvious to a Hacker, but the post may help a Newbie or two like myself.

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