I have two external HDD attached to my PC which start normally when I turn on the PC. When I restart (after an update for example) one of the two drives does not mount, always the same drive. It has always acted like this but I was wondering was there a way to fix this.

Currently running Ubuntu 10.10, let me know if more information would help

  • Please post an output of your fstab file: cat /etc/ftab – mount.cifs Mar 17 '11 at 17:46
  • They mount automatically or you added them manually to /etc/fstab? – arrange Mar 17 '11 at 17:48
  • I have never needed to mount manually, just plugged them into the PC – Victor9098 Mar 17 '11 at 17:58
  • This is my /etc/fstab – Victor9098 Mar 17 '11 at 18:00
  • # /etc/fstab: static file system information. # # Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier # for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name # devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5). # – Victor9098 Mar 17 '11 at 18:04

Add the disk to the fstab configuration file.

Check following page:


  • Thanks for that but when I tried adding both drives disappeared at start-up and half of docky disappeared for some reason. Undid the changes and everything back to normal. Have tried a few variations of the command line but no joy, really a novice with that end of things. The 2nd HDD is not listed in Fstab but it mounts and runs fine when I restart, but adding the other HDD gets rid of both! Will keep poking around – Victor9098 Mar 17 '11 at 19:37
  • OK, looks like I broke something now I can not even mount the drive: "Error mounting: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdg1, missing codepage or helper program, or other error In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so" – Victor9098 Mar 17 '11 at 19:52
  • I think I have fixed everything now. Added both drives and all the errors have gone away. But when I restart I get a message on the screen saying the 'problem' drive is not yet ready or mounted and to either to skip or mount manually. I skipped. Shutdown, started up and logged in fine. So the restart process is still throwing up issues – Victor9098 Mar 17 '11 at 23:28
  • link it broken. – guy mograbi Jun 10 '13 at 12:01

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