I have two NTFS partitions, and I don't want to mount them manually every-time I start Ubuntu.

  • How can I do this?
  • Is there a tool or a code to use?
  • If so, is it safe to automount? specially when they are being used by another OS?
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    Okay looks like ntfs-config is still relying on hal. Hal is not used anymore in natty. Anyhow, IT is really no magic to add a line for each partition into your /etc/fstab. Also I edited my post on gigolo.
    – con-f-use
    Jun 2, 2011 at 16:44
  • @Con-f-use : I see, I am now trying to edit /etc/fstab so below .
    – Binarylife
    Jun 2, 2011 at 16:49
  • to auto-mount all partitions - this answer suggests a very simple app called AriOS Automount
    – user47206
    Sep 10, 2013 at 10:19

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The most straightforward way that will work on most Linux systems is to add them to your fstab. But there are others. Each has their own headline in this answer.


If you get an error massage saying something about "root" or "permissions" it is because for most mounting options you will need root privileges. In Unity you can achieve that by prepending gksudo (graphical applications) or sudo to the usual command and typing your password. So, e.g. in case of ntfs-config you press Alt+F2 and type gksudo ntfs-config.


Gigolo Install gigolo

Gigolo works hand in hand with Nautilus' remote file system and mounting capabilities. You need to add the partitions to your Nautilus bookmarks (Nautilus is Ubuntu's default file manager). After that you will find them in Gigolo. The rest is said in another answer of mine.


Edit: Since guessing from your comments you are not that acquainted with linux I will explain the procedure in more detail:

The fstab-method is cleaner and more basic than gui-tools or Gigolo. It will also work on other systems even those that are text-mode only. In principle you don't need to install anything. For each ntfs-partition you will have to add one line to the file called /etc/fstab. For me the line I added looks like this:

UUID=<xxxxx> /media/win ntfs rw,auto,users,exec,nls=utf8,umask=003,gid=46,uid=1000    0   0

The part that says UUID=<xxxxx> tells your system which partition to mount. If you follow this procedure and have duplicate devices showing up, replace UUID=<xxxx> with /dev/disk/by-uuid/<xxxxx>. Each partition has it's own unique UUID. Spaces are important, so best copy&paste the line. Replace auto by noauto to manually mount. Users should be in the group plugdev.

Note that if this line is at the very end of your file there should be a newline after it. Mount will complain if you don't have it.

Finding the UUID:

Disk Utility and blkid

Open Disk Utility and identify the proper partitions by their size (e.g. 120 GB), file system (e.g. ntfs) and name. Note their "Device:" file (e.g. /dev/sdb1). Instead you can run the following command in a Terminal such as gnome-terminal:

sudo fdisk -l

You can find out the UUID of your partitions by running sudo blkid in shell. The output looks somewhat like this:

confus@confusion:~$ sudo blkid
[sudo] password for confus: 
/dev/sda1: LABEL="boot" UUID="cc425c68-704f-4836-9123-bbb3aea64471" TYPE="ext2" 
/dev/sda2: UUID="1c8b1489-e111-481c-89f2-743203c3ee7d" TYPE="crypto_LUKS" 
/dev/sda3: UUID="7258CB9858CB598D" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda4: LABEL="HP_TOOLS" UUID="1405-0A4C" TYPE="vfat" 
/dev/mapper/lukslvm: UUID="xZSNtR-MocS-dLMk-vOWa-Ay65-wS9b-GqaNhV" TYPE="LVM2_member" 
/dev/mapper/vgubuntu-swap: UUID="f415f3b9-4e4d-48b1-99c2-605e16532f9e" TYPE="swap" 
/dev/mapper/vgubuntu-root: UUID="62a862b4-e6c8-4efd-90b5-55eab8e83e39" TYPE="ext4"

The correct UUID will have the proper device file in front of it and TYPE="ntfs" after. So for me the UUID is "7258CB9858CB598D". For you this number will be different. Also I have only one NTFS partition. Subitute my UUID in the lines you add to fstab by the one you found this way.

Setting the mount point

Now the mount point. For each partition this will be different. I chose /media/win. You can choose whatever you like. It just has to be an existing empty directory. You could just as well create the directory /home/yourusername/windows1 and then put it in your fstab.

The other parameters in my line

ntfs tells the fstab that it is an ntfs-type partition.

rw,auto,user,exec,nls=utf8,umask=003,gid=46,uid=1000 0 0 is beyond the scope of this answer. Just use those values as they are. They should be fine. It you're interested, you can read an explanation of these parameters in the link I provided earlier.

When you added the lines and did all of the stuff I described, save the file and run sudo mount -a in shell. If you can access your partitions through their mount points and no errors are printed out, then all went well. If not check for typos and obvious errors. Don't reboot if sudo mount -a displays errors! With errors a reboot might fail.

Finding your user and group id

You can find out your user and group id with the id command.

confus@confusion:~$ id
uid=1000(confus) gid=1000(confus) groups=1000(confus),4(adm),7(lp),20(dialout),24(cdrom),46(plugdev),112(lpadmin),120(admin),122(sambashare)


Dual booting with Windows may make your mounted drive have read only access unless you disable the Windows feature, Fast Startup.


A graphical tool ntfs-config Install ntfs-config is also available but not necessary (and its current version doesn't work in Natty Narwhal - suppose that will be fixed soon). Besides you might lose old settings in your fstab with this tool (e.g. mounting the cache in the memory), because it overwrites the /etc/fstab file instead of appending things.

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    Thanks a lot. It works . I edited /etc/fstab/ as u said.
    – Binarylife
    Jun 2, 2011 at 17:01
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    Great. See, you need not be afraid of a little text-editing. Keep up the good work! It will get easier.
    – con-f-use
    Jun 2, 2011 at 17:06
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    Yes I agree with you, it is not that I'm afraid of editing. But I wanted a tool that is easy just to make "automount" and when I want to remove this option easily.But now I could just remove the edited line in /etc/fstab/ , right ?
    – Binarylife
    Jun 2, 2011 at 17:18
  • Correct, just delete it. I didn't mean to patronise you or anything. I just gathered the (maybe false) impression, that you were relatively new to linux.
    – con-f-use
    Jun 2, 2011 at 17:24
  • No , not problem at all. It's true I'm kinda new and I'm trying my best to improve myself and learn more.Thank you for the great answer :)!
    – Binarylife
    Jun 2, 2011 at 17:33

Ubuntu 20.04 and later

  • Open nautilus and create a new folder, I suggest in the home folder.

  • Open the Disks application.

  • Select the partition you want to automount and then click on Additional partition options of the partition -> Edit Mount Options.

  • Select the Mount at system startup checkbox and unselect the other two options.

  • In Mount Point set the path to the folder you've created, in my case it is Shared.

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  • Click the OK button and restart the computer.

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    That's so much easier and so straightforward, this answer needs more upvotes! Jul 21, 2020 at 21:02
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    +1 this is amazing. Thanks
    – timekeeper
    Oct 16, 2020 at 17:23


This program allow you to easily configure all of your NTFS devices to allow write support via a friendly gui. For that use, it will configure them to use the open source ntfs-3g driver. You’ll also be able to easily disable this feature.

Project Home page :- http://flomertens.free.fr/ntfs-config/


Install NTFS-config in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install ntfs-config

This will install all the required packages for ntfs-config including ntfs-3g

Using Ntfs-Config

If you want to open this application try to find --> NTFS Configuration Tool

Now it will prompt for root password enter root password and click ok

It will show the available NTFS partition.

You need to select the partitions you want to configure,add the name of the mount point and click on apply.

Select the NTFS Write support which is suitable for you i.e internal or external

if you want to unmount you should be root to unmount and then right click on mount point select Unmount Volume


As you can see, mounting NTFS partitions in Linux can be a breeze. If you don't like or fear the command line, you can achieve a lot with just a few mouse clicks. Truth to be told, this is much simpler than mounting strange, new, unknown partitions in Windows.

Well, that's it. Happy Linuxing!

P.D : Update for Natty user

If you upgraded to Ubuntu Natty you will notice that NTFS configuration tool is not working even though it prompts you for root privileges.

The problem is that when you open the tool nothing happens. Well it’s due to a missing folder and in order to fix this you should enter the following command:

sudo mkdir -p /etc/hal/fdi/policy

Now you have the tool working just select the partitions you want to automatically mount on boot and if you want WRITE access just TICK the corresponding check boxes.

Easy enough :P

  • For some reason, Ntfs-config doesn't open. It asks just for the password and then nothing.
    – Binarylife
    Jun 2, 2011 at 16:32
  • try to run it in a terminal (with gksudo) an see if any error is printed out. As I mentioned in my earlier post, you don't need any graphical tool. Just edit /etc/fstab
    – con-f-use
    Jun 2, 2011 at 16:34
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    BIG WARNING: Backup /etc/fstab as it overwrites it!!! Aug 14, 2013 at 10:46

You can add a startup entry with the following command:

gvfs-mount -d /dev/sda3

Where in this case, /dev/sda3 is your NTFS partition

EDIT: gvfs-mount is becoming outdated and being replaced with gio:

gio mount -d /dev/sda3


You might use this simple and small software:

  • Add this PPA by the command:

      sudo apt-add-repository ppa:trebelnik-stefina/multisystem 
  • Update the index files:

      sudo apt-get update
  • Install the arios-automount package:

      sudo apt-get install arios-automount

This tiny software will mount all your ntfs partition. And it do this before your Login.

Hope this will help.


The PPA doesn't work in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial

  • works very well, and it seems it does not touch the fstab
    – user47206
    Sep 10, 2013 at 10:19
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    Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/trebelnik-stefina/multisystem/ubuntu/dists/yakkety/main/binary-amd64/Packages 404 Not Found
    – Gabor
    Oct 15, 2016 at 21:46
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    @Gabor You have to know PPAs can die. The answer was written in 2012 and it was a nice answer. That is not a valid reason to downvote
    – Anwar
    Oct 16, 2016 at 4:58
  • Adding an arbitrary PPA can introduce security risks.
    – antikbd
    Apr 30, 2021 at 14:29

Video Explanation

You can just add an entry in /etc/fstab. It's quite simple. First do sudo blkid to find out the partition's UUID. Then follow the fstab schema:

<file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
  • for the file system, add you partitions UUID. Example: UID=07446dab-913a-4cf3-8e62-62ecdd26e927

  • for the mount point, you can specify any directory you want. By convention Ubuntu mounts in /media/YourUsernameHere/PartitionNameHere

  • for the type in your case it's ntfs

  • for the rest you can just use defaults 0 2


Look at the community documentation on fstab. Also try searching for NTFS Configuration Tool in the Ubuntu Software Center


You may try to solve this problem by mounting the HD at boot time and probably one of the easiest way to do it is by using pysdm.

sudo apt-get install pysdm

Once installed you can follow the steps included in this post

  • One thing that was important about this. I had to set the mount name to the exact name that I had used before since by default it was mounting to /media/sdb3 and I had everything set to work with /media/ACER Aug 2, 2012 at 1:58
  • The link is broken.
    – Changer
    Aug 4, 2021 at 10:06

To enable or disable automount open a terminal and type dconf-editor followed by the [Enter] key.

Browse to


The automount key controls whether to automatically mount media. If set to true, then Nautilus will automatically mount media such as user-visible hard disks and removable media on start-up and media insertion.

There is another key


This controls whether to automatically open a folder for automounted media.

If set to true, then Nautilus will automatically open a folder when media is automounted. This only applies to media where no known x-content/* type was detected; for media where a known x-content type is detected, the user configurable action will be taken instead.

dconf-editor disabling automount

Source: Ubuntu Documentation


I think the easiest way is to use disks (gnome-disk-utility) which comes with Ubuntu by default.

Just launch disks, go to the partition you want to automatically mount at startup, press the gears button and go to "Edit mount options". Then, uncheck "Automatic Mount Options" and check "Mount at startup". I think you can leave everything else as default, press OK, insert the password and reboot.


This is a safe way of going about things. I don't think it's particular risky having a purely data Windows partition auto-mounting at boot. But I would leave the partition the OS is installed on in a noauto set-up.

You'll need the ntfs-3g package.

First find the UUIDs of the partitions in question by doing in a terminal:

$ sudo blkid

Now you need to edit your /etc/fstab to configure whether these two partitions will auto-mount or not. In a terminal do:

$ gksudo gedit /etc/fstab

You may already have a couple of lines for the NTFS partitions. If not you'll need to make some. They'll look something like this (depending on mount points and UUIDs):

UUID=76E4F702E4F6C401  /media/windowsOS    ntfs-3g  noauto,defaults,locale=en_US.utf8  0  0
UUID=76E4F702E4F6C402  /media/windowsdata  ntfs-3g  defaults,locale=en_US.utf8         0  0

Note the noauto option. This means that partition won't automatically mount at boot. You'll need to manually mount it when you want access to it.

  • I never had any problems with windows install partition and auto setting. Also he said he could mount the partitions manually so he obviously wants auto mounting and it implies ntfs-3g is installed (default).
    – con-f-use
    Jun 2, 2011 at 16:06
  • @con-f-use: Yeh, I read the question completely upside down at first. I've altered my answer to reflect this.
    – boehj
    Jun 2, 2011 at 16:11
  • Open Disks utility in Ubuntu.
  • Go to the hard drive which you want to mount at your desired location.
  • Unmount the selected partition.
  • Open its settings and select 'Edit Mount Options...'
  • Then change the mount point to the location which you get after typing 'pwd' after manually mounting your hard drive.
  • Change the 'identify As' field to /dev/disk/by-label/Data (You may have something else but that won't matter much)
  • Save and Remount the hard drive and it will start mounting automatically.

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