1. There are many ways to accomplish something……..
    the above mentioned is only one way……
    you dont necassarily have to do that…..

    Besides, people who feel that opening and editing a file is a boring work or people who have zero knowledge of what fstab is and all can use pysdm. it costs you nothing to install a light weight component

  2. So this is basically a GUI front end to fstab. I’ve been looking for something like this. I’ve not had much good luck with editing configuration files. Last time edited xorg, I ended up killing the screen. Nice article, thanks

    1. hai,frd, ur article have definitely helped me.i hated ubuntu for dis problem.it was not only with the wallpapers,but also,wenever i resume my torrent dwnlds,i had to mount each partitions.and i 4got it always,and it caused restart downlding.
      thank u so much ….u can really be proud of ur knwledge.v,the beginners, hop mor frm u.

  3. Sorry, I find this software gives me permission issues – it’s not easy and for some reason I never have permission to ‘sudo’ mount or unmount filesystems.

    From command line or ALT F2 prompt run gksudo pysdm

    watch it though, make sure you have fstab backed up and be prepared to clean up and edit further afterwards. One thing pysdm does well is to put all the UUID information in for you.

  4. Hey Ben………

    The software can b opened thru the Menu:
    System->Administration->Storage Device Manager

    Or try making a shortbut for itin desktop
    command: “gksu pysdm”

    I think such softwares shud hav enuf security since they
    deal with system files

  5. Was looking for something like this after installing a second Hard Drive last week and finding it won’t mount on start.

    Not confortable with the the whole fstab-thingy I was looking for some easier way. You know, big colorful buttons and a GUI ;) Let’s see how this works.


  6. This is much easier than a manual entry, for us beginners.

    I must say I had to enter it as “sudo pysdm” in order to have the appropriate permissions, even though I was logged in as an administrative user.

  7. Ok guys …. am trying to switch over from the “Other OS” ;)
    found the /etc/fstab as well … am not a programmer/geek
    but I would really Like to Know how to add the auto mounting options Manually in the file … i.e.: making the entries to automount every time I login ……. can anyone give me a walkthrough please ? …. thanks in advanced :)

      1. Followed this advice and my system will no longer boot. Using the GUI I checked a couple of options to automatically mount the various drives I have on my system – this is ALL I did.

        Looks like I am now facing a re-install with the boot process locked and displaying:

        *Cannot initialize /etc/mtab

        as the first error, with plenty of other ‘permission denied’ statements to follow it. I am a little naive, and too trusting, but other users please beware and take care before altering your systems blindly (as I have done).

        Author of this blog – please consider all outcomes of the advice that you post, and perhaps issue a few health warnings to the gullible masses. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

  8. I’m a Linux newbie and couldn’t mount my devices AT ALL. Pysdm really helped. Thank you for the post.

  9. I’m actually incredibly sad :( I have the program but I can’t see ANY option for automounting :( Sounds like everyone has been able to do what I really need to do but me :(.

    Maybe I am missing something?

  10. Right, the “mount file system on bootup” Option was already ticked from the moment I had installed the program. It doesn’t seem to have worked or given the desired effect. I put some links on the drive in “places” for quick access and those do not appear nor does the icon on the desktop for the drive which happens after it’s mounted until I click on local disk which is exactly the same as I had before :(.

    Guess this is not meant to work for me :( Glad your article helped others anyway.

  11. Thank you Bharath Ram,

    It is the easiest way to auto-mount drive.
    Ubuntu should include this utility in their releases, for it is very annoying little issue for many users!

    Thanks for your help.

  12. Thanks, it what I was looking for since I started using Ubuntu :)

    I’am running several different distros from different partitions but I have on main partition where all my important data is, I ten do link the rest of my distros to use directories from that main system so my data will be synchronized :) But that requires mounting this partition at startup.


  13. I have installed pysdm via Storage Device Manager. It does auto mount my partitians. However, when I attempt to write to a partition that auto mounted, I get a Read Only error on the partition. Examples: 1) I can not download torrents from Piratebay to the partitian 2) I can not save my DropBox data to the auto mounted partition. How can I correct this?

    Also, when I uninstalled Storage Device Manager it did not return my system to it’s original state. The partition is still Read Only. Should I just re-install my OS?

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  15. hi

    last month my hard disk stopped working. i have been running a persistent ubuntu on a usb stick and accessing my old hard disk. suddenly that has stopped working. and now whenever i try to mount it it gives me the following message.

    Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 16: Mount is denied because the NTFS volume is already exclusively opened.
    The volume may be already mounted, or another software may use it which
    could be identified for example by the help of the ‘fuser’ command.

    can you please tell me a solution??

  16. Bharath, just wanted to say this helped me out too. While I am an experienced computer/web programmer, I can’t just open fstab and know the best way to do things. Thanks for your tip as I make my transfer to Ubuntu. God bless!

  17. hi,
    I am a a complete novice at ubuntu. I accidently added some script from internet to some files in ubuntu so I could automount my drives. But I messed up. Now everytime I log on, I get some message like

    The device myNewDevice cannot be mounted
    \media\myNewDevice is not present or missing.

    Actually, ‘myNewDevice’ is where I had to put the drive’s name but I screwed up. Adding to that, I forgot the filename I edited. Can somebody help me out here? I even added pysdm but it doesn’t work. I think it because of that error.

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