Disabling automount for external HD?

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Disabling automount for external HD?

Postby midnightreport » Sat May 23, 2009 4:39 pm

Hello friends,

I have been using Felicia for a few months now, but this is my first post to the forums. Loving Linux so far, by the way.

Anyway, my n00b question. Awhile back, when I plugged in an external USB hard drive with Mint running, it would throw up a dialog box asking for my password for authorization to mount the drive. I recall checking a box saying something like "always automount"...

When I plug in my external hard drive, I want Nautilus to display the drive in the left-hand column of "Places", but NOT automatically mount the drive. How would I go about setting that up?

Thank you so much!

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Re: Disabling automount for external HD?

Postby Husse » Sat May 30, 2009 2:06 pm

This can be done with the use of fstab but only separately for each drive
man fstab
I am not sure if there is a simpler way
A few reasonably simple steps have to be taken
Create a mountpoint - I suppose this is your data so a folder in /home/your-name will do fine
Plug in the USB disk and run blkid (possibly sudo blkid) (in the terminal)
Save the UUID you get for the disk without the surrounding quotes
Edit fstab

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gksu gedit /etc/fstab

Add a line like this
theUUIDgoeshere /home/your-name/mydrive msdos user,noauto 0 0
I put msdos there because lots of pendrives use FAT, but you must change it to what ever you have (ext3 or nfts would be the alternatives I guess)
It's the noauto that does the trick
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