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Install dconf-editor (if it is not already installed): sudo apt install dconf-editor then run it dconf-editor Now from the left column go to org > gnome > desktop > media-handling. Here you can uncheck automount.


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Mounting your Windows filesystems read-only seems a little more straight-forward to me than the umask option: UUID=3E98352E9834E655 /mnt/hiro1 ntfs ro,noauto 0 0 UUID=24F62FADF62F7E64 /mnt/hiro2 ntfs ro,noauto 0 0 I also made separate mount-points for each filesystem, in case you ever wanted to have them both mounted at the same time


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Using Ubuntu 15.10, you can install vhdimount and tsk (The Sleuth Kit) via: sudo apt-get install libvhdi-utils sleuthkit Then you can proceed as follows: sudo mkdir -v /mnt/vhd sudo vhdimount -X allow_root /path/to/file.vhd /mnt/vhd/ sudo mmls -aB /mnt/vhd/vhdi1 Next, you'll have to calculate the offset from the output of mmls like this: echo ...


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After you've installed Ubuntu, it will never do anything to modify those Windows drives unless you explicitly tell it to. In reality, I would never even worry about modifying your fstab file, but keeping the 'noauto' flag won't hurt anything and will, in fact, prevent Ubuntu from trying to mount the drives automatically (just in case, I suppose)



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