Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have an NTFS partition for storing my files only and seeing them in both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10. When I boot Ubuntu I can access it with no trouble at all in /media/Archivos (it's the disk label). I want to bind some folders in that partition to my documents, downloads, etc., folders so I use the same in both OSes. I learned what lines to add in /etc/fstab.m ex:

/media/Archivos/Documentos /home/fede/Documentos none defaults,bind 0 0

But I edit fstab and that partition doesn't appear! Only my swap and my ext4 partitions appear in that file. So when does Ubuntu mount my other partitions, and in what file can I add the bind options I want?

Or can I add the nTFS partition to fstab and it will be mounted sooner than it is mounted now? Or will Ubuntu try to mount it twice generating an error?


share|improve this question
If I remember correctly fstab started getting dynamically generated a while back. You might look at man automount – RobotHumans Apr 7 '12 at 5:37

Yes you need to edit fstab for auto mounting. Nautilus doesn't use fstab for mounting devices.

To configure ntfs drives for auto mount and other changes I found Storage Device Manager (pysdm) is the best. You can install it from the software center.

Here is a quick guide how to configure auto mount.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.