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Mounting filesystems: for beginner

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    Default Mounting filesystems: for beginner

    Linux being a secure OS don't mount all partitions. If you are a old user you will know all these. Some of the methods I know:

    1. GUI: Click on the said pane showing the partitions with it names. A windows will pop open asking for root or sudo password. Type it will be open. It will be under either /mnt/label or /media/label There's another more easier GUI method which keeps partition permanently for a user I am forgetting please if you know then reply.

    2. mount command: You can use mount commands to mount filesystems.Well they are quite easy.

    mount -t (type of file system ntfs , ext3 ,ext2 ext4,) /dev/partitiondisk /place/where/you/want/to/keep/it

    For example I want a partition of type ext4 at /dev/sda8 to be keep in /home/user/mp3
    Then type this:

    mount -t ext4 /dev/sda8 /home/user/mp3

    But these above changes will not be permanent. So if you want a permanent method do this:
    3. Change entries in /etc/fstab file: type gedit /etc/fstab
    It will open fstab file. You will see something like this in between:

    /dev/sda3                /boot              ext2            noauto,noatime  0 0
    /dev/sda7                /                  ext4            noatime         0 1
    /dev/sda6                none               swap            sw              0 0
    /dev/sda5                /mnt/data          ext3            noatime         0 2
    /dev/sda1                /mnt/fedora        ext4            noatime         0 2
    /dev/sda2                /mnt/windows       ntfs            noatime         0 2
    /dev/cdrom                /mnt/cdrom       auto            noauto,ro          0 0
    #/dev/fd0                /mnt/floppy         auto            noauto              0 0
    Now write this at last entry of this between the same spaces:
    /dev/yourpartnumber /placeneeeded type noatime 0 0

    e.g. if you want a partition of type ext 4 at /dev/sda8 to be keep in /home/user/mp3
    /dev/sda8 /home/user/mp3 auto noatime 0 0

    fstab is quite a strong file and you can do many thing with. I will explain it later on.
    Last edited by Luke Skywalker; 14th February 2010 at 06:12 PM.

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    Thank you so much for sharing these details. Those are really very helpful.

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    How to mount the drive which is not normaly removed from windows ..

    Linux gives warning for NTFS ...

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