Shared disks

Greg Maruszeczka greg at
Mon Jun 27 18:40:57 UTC 2005

johan buys wrote:
> I've downloaded a copy of Ubuntu linux and I am very impressed with it,
> but I do however have a major issue with the system:
> 1) I don't have access to my windows and other linux disk drives, which
> every other linux system can easily access from the file:/mnt/
> directory.
> 2) My first login was hard, because the user names where not visible (I
> do however feel more secure in your ubuntu, Debian type linux)
> The first issue I would like to have resolved soon, because all my data
> is stored on a FAT32 partition.  Or else I'll install some other linux
> distribution which shares data from and to windows as I have done before
> installing Ubuntu linux.

You can resolve it yourself. All you need to do is mount the filesystems
you want.

For example:

sudo mount -t vfat /dev/hda7 /mnt/windows

This will mount a fat32 filesystem on the seventh partition of the first
ata disk in the master position. Provided you've already created an
empty directory at /mnt/windows (and that hda7 corresponds to a fat32
filesystem), this will mount the partition at that location. Obviously,
you need to apply this using your own parameters.

To have this mount automatically at boot you just add the appropriate
entry to /etc/fstab.

For more information:

man mount
man fstab


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