I have installed elementary OS freya installed on a drive which also contains another ntfs partition which I would like to mount at system startup.

Is there a way I can do this?

3 Answers 3


Easy to set up using fstab. Run sudo blkid

and you should get something like this:

/dev/sda1: UUID="b9377d9b-639f-47da-ae99-efe277eb56b3" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/sdb1: LABEL="Backup 1" UUID="6177d371-80e4-49bd-bb77-de269e175c97" TYPE="ext4"

Save the UUID of the partition you want to mount. If you are unsure of the partition you want to mount use sudo fdisk -l to get more details of the partition.

Now edit your /etc/fstab:

sudo -i scratch-text-editor /etc/fstab

Add the following lines to your file:

#Windows Partition
UUID=<xxxxx> <mount point> ntfs rw,auto,users,exec,nls=utf8,umask=003,gid=46,uid=1000    0   0

You must replace the <xxxx> with your UUID and <mount point> with your desired mount point.

For the mount point you can choose something like /media/<user>/windows (which is the standard mount point for other partitions) or create a folder (without spaces) in your home directory and use /home/<user>/<folder> as the mount point.

Your file should look like this in the end:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=b9377d9b-639f-47da-ae99-efe277eb56b3 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
#UUID=89bfd6b9-b2be-41c1-8c9f-5e7e5cb738d3 none            swap    sw              0       0
/dev/mapper/cryptswap1 none swap sw 0 0
#Windows Partition
UUID=b9377d9b-639f-47da-ae99-efe277eb56b3 /media/tim/windows ntfs rw,auto,users,exec,nls=utf8,umask=003,gid=46,uid=1000    0   0

After editing the file you should run:

sudo mount -a

If it returns any error, Do not Reboot (your PC may fail to restart), as you probably have some error in the mount point.

If everything goes well you should see your partition mounted.

Source, Ask Ubuntu

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    Is there a bug report on Ubuntu / elementary to make this more user friendliy? It's been like this for years and I think it is unacceptable hassle for most endusers. Why is permanently mounting not as as easy as temporarily mounting...
    – quassy
    Commented Jul 4, 2015 at 12:41
  • I do understand the concept of /etc/fstab but when I enter my partitions I want to share with a parallel windows boot (ntfs and exfat patitions) my eOS Juno does not boot properly (not before i comment them all out). As they are commented out I cannot do an mount -a either. So I end up clicking on all partitions in the files app to get a dynamic mount before starting things like my firefox (have a profile on one of the shared partitions). Is that the way it is supposed to work? Commented May 14, 2019 at 17:53

If you like GUIs and / or are afraid to access directly the config files, a good option is Gnome Disks.

Install via sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility

You can set to mount at startup like this:

Edit mount options

Set options

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    Thank you bro! This what a need to people with GUI =) Its to hard make it by command line when u have GUI )
    – Amaroc
    Commented May 14, 2018 at 21:40
  • Thanks! Exactly what we needed. "it's easy, just edit fstab and type like 4892 commands and learn how to use a config file" no man, we're in 2019 now. Thanks a lot for this.
    – DARKGuy
    Commented Jul 27, 2019 at 19:16
  • Mounting a Windows partition that is encrypted with BitLocker is probably not supported?
    – JNastran
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 18:23

i use PySDM, it easy way to auto mount my partitions, step to do:

  1. Go to http://pysdm.sourceforge.net download and open it with root permission;
  2. Look to left side "Partition List" to see your device or your partition (fat/fat32/ntfs...), enter that partition;
  3. At right side, give it a name. (you can see mount point for further access)
  4. Mount it.
  5. Good Lucks
  • This looks like a good tool. Could you elaborate your answer with steps to install it and auto mount an ntfs partition?
    – elmato
    Commented Oct 17, 2015 at 17:07
  • Please expand your answer and provide necessary details. If not an answer then use comments. Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 14:23

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