Thanks again, AKDave, for that clear advice. I've printed out the manuals for FSTAB and MOUNT - they don't mention ntfs-3g among filetypes so I've just left them as ntfs.
I mounted the 4 partitions I'm interested in using, their details appeared in /etc/mtab and I copied them into /etc/fstab where they required editing because fstab requires tabs between items and they arrived with only spaces. I also edited the option noatime to relatime.
Now I've just shut down and restarted, but only my main datastore /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sdd1 have mounted automatically. Here are the relevant lines from fstab:
LABEL=(E)DI8:H7R /media/sdb1 ntfs rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,allow_other,blksize=4096 0 0
LABEL=Backups /media/sdc1 ntfs rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,allow_other,blksize=4096 0 0
LABEL=PC Scheduled /media/sdc2 ntfs rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,allow_other,blksize=4096 0 0
LABEL=D&S Scheduled /media/sdc3 ntfs rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,allow_other,blksize=4096 0 0
/dev/sdd1 /media/disk ntfs rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,allow_other,blksize=4096 0 0
There are tabs between the items, but they only show as spaces in the preview of this post.
The Labels survive from Windows Disk Manager - I would like to apply a label to /dev/sdd1 but the command e2label doesn't work for ntfs. There is mention of labels among the options for ntfs where it says use nls=name but I don't see how to apply that. I've just tried, unsuccessfully, using a command.
/media/sdb1 shows owner & group = root but I had reset those last time to theo; now the commands $ sudo chmod theo /dev/sdb1and
$ sudo chmod theo /media/sdb1have no effect although they appear to be accepted. The same applies to /media/disk which is where sdd1 is mounted.
Another continuing problem is that described in my post "Incorrect report during boot" in the General Questions forum, sent 4/9/08-6:30 p.m. It has just happened again! (In between, I have been using Hibernate).
Yours hopefully -
Using a PC with 2GB RAM, 3 hdds and a 1.7 GHz Celeron cpu.