I am trying to automatically mount 2 drives that have been previously formatted in windows and have all my research (so I am trying to tread carefully), but running into some questions.

The HD are NTFS formatted, and in fstab I already see them, but they do not mount automatically:

/dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1/ linux_raid_member defaults 0 0

/dev/sdc1 /media/sdc1/ linux_raid_member defaults 0 0

So Ubuntu thinks this is a RAID setup, but the drives are not in RAID and have different information (legacy from two other drives that I was attempting to set up in RAID).

So wonder if by just changing the line information to:

UUID=xxxxx /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 ntfs-3g defaults locale=en_US.utf8 0 0

UUID=xxxxx /dev/sdc2 /media/sdc1 ntfs-3g defaults locale=en_US.utf8 0 0

xxxxx = the actual UUID.

would be enough or do I need to do something different?

Also: A) Not sure if each drive should have its own locale, or they can share locales? B) Would removing the linux_raid_member section affect the reading of the drives?

Any input would be much appreciated.

Thank you, I first setup the directories under home:


Next, edited fstab:

   UUID=xxxx /home/data/one  auto   defaults 0 0
   UUID=xxxx /home/data/two  auto   defaults 0 0

However, when using

    sudo mount -a

I still get that the directories do not exist. When restarting ubuntu - at startup I get the problem mounting the drives" however, I cannot tell if it is because it cannot identify the drives, or if it is because of problems with the code line in fstab. Any thoughts?

Should I use ntfs-3g instead of auto, for example?

  • see this on removing RAID meta-data: askubuntu.com/questions/329059/…
    – oldfred
    Aug 19, 2013 at 18:27
  • Just resolved the issue --- was making the folders in the wrong place (home) where they need to be in (/) or "file system" - and then from there they can be moved to "home".
    – Loligo
    Aug 21, 2013 at 1:02

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No: you either specify the device name (/dev/sdb1) or the UUID. You can't specify both. And don't add the locale column either -- fstab is a fixed-format file that requires exactly six whitespace-separated fields on each line.

I think it ought to be sufficient to replace linux_raid_member with auto on both lines:

/dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1/ auto defaults 0 0
/dev/sdc1 /media/sdc1/ auto defaults 0 0

Also, make sure /media/sdb1 and /media/sdc1 directories exist, then try mounting with

sudo mount -a

If it works, it should work on next boot.

  • See below for problems...
    – Loligo
    Aug 21, 2013 at 0:43

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