I have a very noisy external 500 GB drive which I use mostly for synchronizing local files.

In OS X I used to eject the drive, and mount it later when I need it with the Disk Utility.

Is there a GUI for doing so in Ubuntu?

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    See if This can help.
    – Mitch
    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:24
  • Thanks. These options do help in that I can set the drive to sleep after a short interval (this drive didn't sleep in Windows 7). It still woke up randomly when I was not accessing it though. EDIT: Oh wait.. this could help, but if it does not auto mount, how do you mount it? Apr 25, 2013 at 5:33
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    Click on the little square on the far left. (First image left of the first red arrow)in The same question.
    – Mitch
    Apr 25, 2013 at 5:47
  • Dohhh! The "stop" button becomes "play" button for an unmounted drive. I didn't notice it, such a small icon. Well that answers my question: I am able to mount the drive with the click of a button in Ubuntu. If you add an answer here I can accept the answer, thanks! Apr 25, 2013 at 6:51
  • Ubuntu also has a Disk Utility application which serves this functionality.
    – saji89
    Apr 26, 2013 at 5:37

2 Answers 2


Try gparted:

sudo apt-get install gparted
  • Gparted certainly seems to be an overkill for such a simple task.
    – saji89
    Apr 25, 2013 at 9:18
  • :) i agree..certainly...
    – tir0
    Apr 26, 2013 at 5:35

The other question is about "auto mount" features. My question was specifically about the ability to mount a drive that I ejected myself in the same session, via GUI.

This can be done in the Disks program, as Mitch pointed out in the comments:

  • Click on the drive, and look for the little square icon below the graph with the partitions.
  • When the device is mounted, clicking this icon will unmount the drive ("stop").
  • When the device is not mounted, the icon will show a "play" arrow instead (similar to a music player). Clicking the "play" button will mount the drive.

I feel this question is relevant, because in Windows 7 I never found a way to do this. If I ejected my (very noisy) Seagate USB hardrive, I would be unable to mount it again short of restarting Windows or pulling and plugging the cable again.

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