I'm using ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I'm so new to it as I was using windows before.

As poeple told me I need three partitions ( Swap , ext4 , partition for normal files and folders ) it was recommended to me to make the third partition's format NTFS but it actually askes me to mount it every time I boot up my laptop over and over again .

My question is "Is there any other format which is used for normal data for ubuntu or Is there any solution for it ?"

My thanks in advance .

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    The 3 partition set up is unnecessary, it's sufficient to have one partition for your root filesystem ( in windows terms it's C:\ ) and swap( virtual memory , extends RAM ). It has been suggested because 3rd partition can help you separate files , and in case disk fails, 3rd partition should be safe. But it's really unnecessary. Nov 28 '15 at 0:01
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    The "normal" filesystem type for Ubuntu is (at least for the moment) ext4: the reason you may have been advised to use a separate NTFS partition is for the case of a dual-boot setup in which you want to access the same files via Windows and Linux Nov 28 '15 at 0:02

You need to set the NTFS partition to be mounted automatically on boot. That can be done by adding info about your partition to /etc/fstab file, which is basically a list of disks/filesystems (and also respective options for those disks and filesystems, like read-write, read only, etc) that get mounted automatically during boot sequence.

To do that , open Terminal ( in Windows' terms that's CMD or PowerShell ), run sudo blkid command. There will be output for each partition; find the UUID for your NTFS partition.

Sample output,

 /dev/sdb2: LABEL="TI105866W0A" UUID="4EBAAE53BAAE36FD" TYPE="ntfs" 

For instance, if I wanted to have /dev/sdb2 mounted automatically (which is my windows partition on another disk ), I need that UUID="4EBAAE53BAAE36FD" part.

Next , open for writing /etc/fstab file in text editor, with admin priviledges ( in other words add sudo or gksu before calling the editor, e.g., sudo nano /etc/fstab ). and add a line in the format as shown bellow

UUID=1234-abcd-5678-efgh   /media/myMountPoint  ntfs defaults 0 1

/media/myMountPoint has to exist as a directory, so I suggest you make a new directory with sudo mkdir /media/myMountPoint

Note that opening the /etc/fstab file with root permissions, can also be done graphically with gksu gedit or pkexec gedit. Personally, i prefer command line editors vim or nano

For more info refer to MountingWindowsPartitions Wiki

  • I'm actually not fully understanding you Serg can you make it simpler because I'm totally new to ubuntu stuff
    – Magdy.A
    Nov 28 '15 at 0:36
  • @Meyer edited my answer, please review Nov 28 '15 at 0:56

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