Unmounted Fat32 Formatted to ext4 Can't mount back

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Unmounted Fat32 Formatted to ext4 Can't mount back

Postby Mahboobullah on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:27 am

Hello everyone. I just moved form windows to Linux. During installation i partitioned the hard dist to 1 ext4, 2 Fat32 and 1 swap partition. when i started working with Linux Mint 12 I could not find the 2 Fat 32 drives. So using Gparted i unmounted one of them (it was mounted as /dos) and formatted it to ext4. Now i cannot remount it. additionally when ever i restart I get the msg that the /dos partition did not mount. I am at basic lvl when using the terminal command line. I need help mounting this drive back and being able to use it and the other Fat32 drive. all partitions are part of the internal har disk. :cry:
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Re: Unmounted Fat32 Formatted to ext4 Can't mount back

Postby Fornhamfred on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:57 pm

Hi

Your fat32 partitions and other partitions are not auto mounted in Mint. To change this changes need to be made to the fstab file , there is an easy way and this tutorial explains:

http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/92

Good Luck.
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Re: Unmounted Fat32 Formatted to ext4 Can't mount back

Postby kherring7383 on Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:59 pm

Like you, I too have a drive that is split into two partitions one is Fat32 and the other is Ext4. I had the same problem mounting the drives though fstab that produced an error message when booting. I installed pysdm and set the settings shown the examples on the website below and now both mount at login with errors and I have full access.

Once every thing is working, backup your fstab file as root that you can refer to later.

http://www.liberiangeek.net/2011/03/mou ... ntu-pysdm/
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Re: Unmounted Fat32 Formatted to ext4 Can't mount back

Postby Ginsu543 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:24 am

Mahboobullah wrote:Hello everyone. I just moved form windows to Linux. During installation i partitioned the hard dist to 1 ext4, 2 Fat32 and 1 swap partition. when i started working with Linux Mint 12 I could not find the 2 Fat 32 drives. So using Gparted i unmounted one of them (it was mounted as /dos) and formatted it to ext4. Now i cannot remount it. additionally when ever i restart I get the msg that the /dos partition did not mount. I am at basic lvl when using the terminal command line. I need help mounting this drive back and being able to use it and the other Fat32 drive. all partitions are part of the internal har disk. :cry:

If you still would like some help with this, could you please post your /etc/fstab file?

On a side but related note, what do you use your FAT32 partitions for? Is there a reason why you had them formatted to FAT32? Are you using them as storage? Do you share them with Windows?

One way to get around this problem is, when you get to the partitioning step in the install process, go ahead and set up the partition you want but DON'T designate a particular format. Just tell the partitioning program not to use the partition. Once everything is installed and you have booted into Mint, fire up Gparted and format the undesignated partition (should look gray) to the file system you want. Then, mount the partition manually or edit your /etc/fstab file and add the partition for automount.

I set up an NTFS partition I use as a shared data storage drive in just this way (I picked NTFS because it is more robust than FAT32 and because it allows me to share the partition between Linux, Windows, and OS X).
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