Is there any way to always mount with -o force?

Dan Farrell dan at
Mon May 19 18:15:04 UTC 2008

On Mon, 19 May 2008 19:02:58 +0200
Rustam Ershtukaev <samuraiche at> wrote:

> Hi guys,
> I have been looking for a possibility to mount my external harddrive
> automatically with "-o force",but found nothing.I have a windows
> machine and an Ubuntu on which i currenly am.When i use my external
> hard drive with windows and then try to plug it in ubuntu I always
> get the message that the hard drive wasn't properly unmounted. So I
> have to type all commandos over and over again like "mount
> -t /dev/sda1 /media/disk-1 -o force". I initially wanted to add a
> line in /etc/fstab to enable auto mount,but I don't always have my HD
> plugged in. Is there any way to tell my ubuntu to always use the "-o
> force" option when using external HD?
> Thnx,

I think you should figure out why it isn't properly being unmounted.
Are you stopping the removable device in windows before removing it?
If not, that's probably the cause.  

/etc/fstab might allow you to set 'force' in the options, I don't know
but it's  a natural place to start.  

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