This is Bharath Ram. I wanted to share with you an information I just found. This indeed solved my problem so I thought it would solve yours too.
In ubuntu (and may be in other distros) every time you login you never get your drives auto mounted (don’t you?). This is a real pest especially when you would have set your wallpaper from an external drive or some other reason you want to use external drives for.
I have just found out a solution for this problem. That is no big deal but a small software called “pysdm”. It was there for me in the ubuntu repositories but i seriously don’t know about other distros. Install this software and if necessary open it after install (alt+f2 -> type “pysdm” -> enter) and in the options there say to automount your partition(s) at startup. Now the drives of ur hard disk will be mounted whenever you login. You won’t have to manually/using computer mount them.
Hope this helps
P.S-Please post your comments if you need any help or if this has helped you out!