I've checked and read similar questions, but most of the answers requires installing either dconf-tools, CCSM or MyUnity.

In Ubuntu 12.04, is there a way to hide mounted partitions or devices from the Unity Launcher without the need to install the aforementioned tools? Is this possible via terminal or command line?


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From terminal:

  • Hide mounted partition or devices:

      gconftool --set /apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/devices_option  --type=int 0
  • Show mounted partition or devices:

      gconftool --set /apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/devices_option  --type=int 1

You can install Myunity, wherein select the option from the Show Devices Menu from Launcher Menu Tab as here.

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    Thank you for the response, but I was looking for a solution that doesn't need an additional app to be installed, if possible. My bad, I didn't mention myUnity in the question.
    – Peachy
    Jul 3, 2012 at 10:26

You might want to change the mount point. I noticed that it tends to only show devices mounted to /media.

In my case, I wanted to hide the internal drives that are mounted while showing my USB drives.

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