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Basically I'm wanting my Ubuntu music folder to direct me to my Windows music folder, so that when I click my Ubuntu music folder I see the contents of my Windows music folder. I've already got my Window partition to mount automatically so that won't be an issue. Any ideas on how to accomplish this?

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If you wish to access your music files in your Windows mount by using your ~/Music folder you can use mount --bind to mount the path to your Windows files in to your ~/Music folder.

You could make that automatic by adding the following /etc/fstab line (after the line that mounts your Windows partitions) using your favorite text editor, ie:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

/path_to_windows_files/music_folder /home/your_username/Music bind defaults,bind 0 0


  • path_to_windows_files/music_folder: is the path which contains the mounted Windows music files
  • your_username: is your username or the name of the user that will have the files mounted

Close it with Ctrl+x and select y to save the file.

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Could you maybe give me an example? I'm assuming the command would look something like mount --bind /path/windows/music /path/ubuntu/music – forgeSHIELD Jan 3 '12 at 1:18
Was working on it, it should be clear now. – Bruno Pereira Jan 3 '12 at 1:20
@forgeSHIELD if you edit your questions and add the actual paths you have things mounted to he can make it exactly what you need. – Jorge Castro Jan 3 '12 at 17:20
Ok I've got it in there, but have run into another problem. The path to my windows music folder has a space in it, so it looks like this: /media/NTFS/My Name/Music When I restart then, it tries to find the folder Name/Music which does not exist – forgeSHIELD Jan 3 '12 at 17:58
Fixed it. To add a space in the file path you need the escape \040, so my sample path would look like: /media/NTFS/My\040Name/Music. Thank you for your help @BrunoPereira – forgeSHIELD Jan 3 '12 at 18:14

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