I'm new to Ubuntu. Installed ubuntu by formatting my existing C Drive in Windows 10 OS. So I have only Ubuntu in my laptop. My D drive is left untouched which is a NTFS file system. Please guide me how to mount this so that I can work with my files.

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    Open Files (nautilus) and on the left side below network you can see all the partitions. Click on them to mount them. Nov 21 '17 at 11:48
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    – terdon
    Nov 21 '17 at 11:51
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    The following link may help you, askubuntu.com/questions/956002/…
    – sudodus
    Nov 21 '17 at 11:57
  • Thanks a lot.. I apologize, I should have tried something before posting a question here. I read through some articles on this and I wasn't sure to try one, because I don't want to lose my files since I do not have a back up. Now with your instructions I'm able to successfully map it. Once again, thank you very much. :) Nov 21 '17 at 12:09
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    Possible duplicate of How to automount NTFS partitions?
    – karel
    Feb 1 '19 at 11:40

Do you want to mount it once or auto mount it? For mounting it once:

1.First create a directory where u want to mount it.

sudo mkdir /media/windows

  1. Now you have to find which partition is the NTFS one by using:

    sudo fdisk -l

  2. If your NTFS partition is for example /dev/sdb1 to mount it use:

    sudo mount -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222 /dev/sdb1 /media/windows

  3. To unmount simply do:

    sudo umount /media/windows

If you want to auto mount it check this link.

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    maybe as an alternative, I used apt install ntfs-3g and sudo mount -t auto /dev/sdb1 /media/your_favorite_path/ Jan 16 at 12:43
  • Worth clarifying that the answer will mount as read-only while the comment above will mount as read+write
    – Nick
    Apr 17 at 18:10

Check what you have in your /dev/ directory by typing in terminal:

ls /dev/sd*

If you have only one hard drive, you could see there devices like sda2, sda5. You could create directory as AsenM suggested and mount by hand every time you need it. To avoid manual mounting you could add similar to the next string in your /etc/fstab file:

/dev/sda5 /mnt/super ntfs-3g permissions,users,auto,locale=en_US.utf8 0 2

And also, in some cases you could encounter problems with read/write mounting if you did not have Full access for Everyone from Windows. In this case you could make bootable flash drive with windows, boot it and grant all permissions for user Everyone for the whole drive. I've encountered this problem recently. What is strange, the error message was saying that my disk is in hibernation state. So it could be mounted only with read only access.


I found another alternative easy solution for NTFS formatted usb keys in ubuntu/linux.

  1. Plug in the usb
  2. Open "Disks" application on Ubuntu.
  3. Click the icon representing the USB.
  4. Click the Icon of mounting (like a play Icon)

Done. Now check on File explorer, you will see also listed on the left the new mounted usb-key's location

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