I have a dual boot with Mint MATE and Xubuntu on ONE hard drive.‭ ‬I NOW have a problem when booting into Xubuntu with a notice of the following:

The disk drive for‭ ‬/media/My_Passport is not ready yet or not present.‭ ‬Continue to wait,‭ ‬or Press S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery. I would like to eliminate the warning completely!

I recently had connected my USB hard drive but also installed the NTFS configuration tool.‭ ‬Not sure if the new app caused the problem.‭ ‬I also brought the USB hard drive to a friends home who copied some files to his MAC computer.‭ ‬Any HELP would be much appreciated!

GNU nano 2.2.6              File: /etc/fstab                                  

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>

#Entry for /dev/sda6 :
UUID=e15dec6a-4ed3-4267-a88b-aef98e4ce8f0       /       ext4    errors=remount-$
#Entry for /dev/sdb1 :
UUID=4E1AEA7B1AEA6007   /media/My_Passport      ntfs    defaults,nls=utf8,umask$
#Entry for /dev/sda5 :
UUID=faf77a5c-fff8-49fd-9b83-e73451432379       none    swap    sw      0      $

1 Answer 1


You should add nobootwait to your /etc/fstab. So that it looks like the following:

UUID=4E1AEA7B1AEA6007 /media/My_Passport ntfs defaults,nobootwait,nls=utf8,umask$

Below is from the fstab man page:

The mountall(8) program that mounts filesystem during boot also recognises additional options that the ordinary mount(8) tool does not. These are: bootwait which can be applied to remote filesystems mounted outside of /usr or /var, without which mountall(8) would not hold up the boot for these; nobootwait which can be applied to non-remote filesystems to explicitly instruct mountall(8) not to hold up the boot for them;

  • Dylan, thanks for your help! I saved your answer for future reference. I got frustrated and re-installed a similar OS. Thanks again! T
    – user206306
    Mar 15, 2015 at 22:02
  • Did the reinstall fix your problem?
    – Dylan
    Mar 15, 2015 at 22:05

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